Just imagine if Evangelical Christians or Orthodox Jews or even Radical Buddhists threatened to do what Muslim Fundies are -- threatening to kidnap and kill "foreigners" for the outrage that is cartoon caricatures of the prophet Mohammed. (You know things are bad, too, when the fundies are pissed at the French!)
Muslim fundies all across the Muslim world are miffed -- from Pakistan to Iran to the chaos that is the West Bank and Gaza. "If the European governments don't apologize by Thursday evening, any visitor of these countries will be targeted," said a Fatah Party gunman in Gaza.
Y'know, it's like the Palestinians, in particular, don't have anything else to worry about right now. They say they're pissed off, so they vote in Hamas to power, which essentially kills the peace process with Israel, and now they're threatening anyone who dares publish a caricature of Mohammed. Just imagine if Israelis used as their "excuse" (to eradicate Palestinians) that "they've stated they wish to annihilate God's chosen people from the Earth. That is blasphemy. Thus, we will kill anyone associated with this statement." You think the rest of the world would stand for that? Or that if American Evangelicals expressed the very same sentiment? Do you think the American Left would complain about the Evangelicals' actions and statements? (Um, absolutely.) So, where are they regarding the Muslim fundies' barbaric behavior ... over a friggin' cartoon?? Can someone show me some documented complaints from the Left? After all, Bill Clinton didn't condemn the fundies' antics -- he denounced the caricatures as "appalling."
Yeesh. Just imagine if a state-subsidized artist had made a "Piss Mohammed" and had it on display in a partly publicly-subsidized gallery? Pakistan would probably ignite what few nuclear weapons they have at their disposal in visceral anger!
Robert Menard, director of the media rights group Reporters Without Borders, said "We need to figure out how to reconcile freedom of expression and respect of faith." I wonder if he told Rolling Stone that regarding its recent cover featuring rapper Kanye West as Jesus Christ, eh?
UPDATE: British Muslim fundies say "Kill those who insult the Prophet Muhammad."
UPDATE 2: Rhymes With Right reports on one dopey Danish journalist who thinks a good way to "relieve tensions" between Denmark and the Muslim world is to have non-Muslims ... build a mosque for Muslims!
Also at RWR, I wonder what would happen if "Will and Grace" substituted some reference to Mohammed here. ...?
UPDATE 3: Another reason for Muslim fundies to murder -- if Billy Zane and Gary Busey played a Muslim soldier and doctor respectively in a movie.