Friday, February 17, 2006

$1M Fatwa bounty for the head of Danish cartoonist

The latest bit of news from the Religion of Peace is a $1M bounty placed by a major Pakistani cleric on the head of the Danish cartoonist behind the Mohammed catoons. - Cleric announces $1M bounty on prophet cartoonist
Wide spread, violent protests in which five people have been killed in Pakistan this week over the Mohammed cartoons culminated today in the usual fatwa:

Mohammed Yousaf Qureshi, Imam at the historic Mohabat Khan mosque in the city of Peshawar, announced the mosque and the Jamia Ashrafia religious school he leads would give a $25,000 reward and a car for killing the cartoonist who drew the prophet caricature. And that local businessmen would put up an additonal $1 million for the head of the infidel responsible fo rthe `toons.

"This is a unanimous decision of by all imams (prayer leaders) of Islam that whoever insults the prophet deserves to be killed and whoever will take this insulting man to his end, will get this prize," Qureshi told about 1,000 people outside the mosque after Friday prayers.

Sounds like a typical end to Friday prayers at Jihad central to me!

Qureshi did not name any particular cartoonist in his fatwa. He might not be aware that 12 different people had drawn the pictures. I forsee problems...what if TWO different jihadis murder TWO different cartoonists? Do they have to split the prize, or do they each get a cool $1M for the murder? And what about the car? Do the lucky assassins have to alternate days of the week?

The crowd outside the mosque burned a Danish flag and an effigy of the Danish prime minister to cap off the happy festivities.

Note that the Jyllens Posten has already apologized for running the cartoons, and Denmark has officially expressed its regret. I could have told them in advance that it wouldn't buy them any peace..because as I've previously written, this is not about the cartoons, or defaming religion. It's about diverting attention from Iran and Syria and about intimidating Europe and the West from any criticism of Islam at a time when people are asking tough questions about the motivation and goals of th Religion of Peace, and begining to take some action against the jihadis in their midst.

It is high time for the West to reject this intimidation and begin to fight back.
You can't appease a bully by catering to their whims.

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