[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
So last night there was a terrorist bombing in Sweden, possibly while it was technically the 11th, which means that they were trying to create an attack on 12/11. One terrorist died in the blast, and two bystanders were injured. Its not clear whether the injured include any of the terrorists. Some of this BBC article suggests that the second explosion was accidental (meaning premature), hence the “work accident” line in the title of this post. You can also see coverage at Cnn and Jpost.
But Reason highlights the “grievances” of the terrorists:
Our actions speak for themselves. As long as you don’t stop your war against Islam, and you degrade the Prophet, and your support for that stupid pig [cartoonist Lars] Vilks.
Vilks is one of the famous Swedish cartoonists who drew Mohammed (pedophilia be upon him) in the ongoing protests against Islamic death threats aimed at speech suppression. For instance, here is one of his comics:
Yeah, kind of sucks as art, but is gorgeous as a defense of freedom of speech and religion. And if you think that is awful, then you shouldn’t look at these either. And you really shouldn’t look at my cartoon. Yep, it’s a crime against humanity just on artistic merit alone.
Vilks himself as attacked in what I think is best characterized as a “low level mini-riot” when showing the cartoons at a university. Let me repeat that for emphasis. People admitted to a university were so idiotic as to think that a cartoon merited violence. Personally if I was in charge of that university, every single student participating would be thrown out for being insufficiently open minded. Anyway, Cinema Steve posted video of the incident ages ago and it is still frightening to watch. And of course Cnn had a nice video on Vilks life dealing with the terror threat, even if they are too much of a bunch of p-ssies to show the actual offending cartoon, instead opting to show a picture of a page showing the cartoon with the cartoon ridiculously blurred out. I mean how on earth, from a journalistic perspective, can you have an article discussing a controversy brought about by a cartoon without actually showing the cartoon?
So the question is whether this incident or others will dissuade the Swedes from their support of freedom of speech and religion. Or will they go all Viking on the terrorists?
And, related item, in Pakistan a man has been arrested for blasphemy for, well… let’s let the AFP explain, because it really is too stupid to believe:
A doctor has been arrested for insulting the Prophet Mohammed in Pakistan, police said on Sunday, in a second high profile case throwing the spotlight on the country’s controversial anti-blasphemy laws.
Naushad Valiyani was detained on Friday following a complaint by a medical representative who visited the doctor in the city of Hyderabad.
“The arrest was made after the complainant told the police that Valiyani threw his business card, which had his full name, Muhammad Faizan, in a dustbin during a visit to his clinic,” regional police chief Mushtaq Shah told AFP.
It’s a brilliant marketing strategy. Legally change your name to Mohammed, and then give out your cards. If anyone has the temerity to dispose of that card, arrest them!
This is the kind of stupidity that censorship leads to.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]