Too true Rick, Well done! Yes indeed, if the pastor in FL decideds to go ahead and do the burning of the korans, then I wouldn't give you a plug nickel for him remaining alive through the end of the year.
Funny how the muslims...you know...the religion billed as being so genteel, calm, peaceful and sensitive to others, is the one that people all over the world are scared to death to criticize, and for good reason.
Historically, it may be the last thing you ever do! Just ask filmmaker Theo Van Gogh. Oh, you can't. He's dead. One more for the worldwide body count of those killed by muslims. He made the sometimes fatal mistake as listed above. Take heed, and be afraid......be very afraid.....
I don't think the first statement depicted is correct. Zoning laws are in place here. It's not a freedom of speech issue. The second is and I would agree that while we should decry the preacher's action, any reactions from Muslim abroad should not influence whether or not we support the 1st Amendment no matter how vile. However, I haven't of any planned threat of violence from any Muslim-America, and once again, The Chronicle is stereotyping all Muslims. Maybe the best idea is to educate people to stop believing in their imaginary friends and perhaps some of this lunacy will stop...
The reaction of the Christians to Jones' intended action compared to the reaction of the Muslim to Jones' intended action says it all.
Both religions are stereotyping themselves.
Another excellent cartoon, Rick. Four pictures are worth four thousand words.
If people are brought up in a particular religion, is it anything other than brainwashing if they then never question WHY they hold that particular faith?
Peace...does it exist anymore.
The image can be stronger than 1000 words, but images can lie too.
While the cartoon image of Reverend Terry Jones is very close to his photos, the image portrayed for Imam Faisal is far away from any similarity with him. Imam Faisal is a well-educated American citizen wearing similar clothes to Reverend Jones. He does not carry a sword; he carries a diplomatic briefcase trying to convince Non-American Muslims that USA is not at war with Islam. Falsifying the image of the Imam is worse than the lies and the rumors about him. Facts are available for those who seek understanding. Making opinions and judgments without knowing the facts is a grave error leading to bigger harm.
alandienfadel, the image representing the Muslim perspective is used since Imam Faisal insists on poking Americans in the eye with the location of his celebratory mosque. This image is derived from the actions of Imam Faisal and the Muslim community in the middle east.
There are 1.6 Billion Muslims in the world. Middle Eastern Muslims are less than 15% of the Muslim Population. American Muslims have their own idendity. We will not have a resolution to any conflict if we lump all Muslims together. Can you have the same image for the extreme right and extreme left in our country. Even American Muslims have a wide spectrum in their practice of Religion. Imam Faisal is on the extreme end of the Sufi school. Which is the extreme opposite of Al-Qaeda. If we paint him as a Jihadist this means that you are painting the entire American Muslims as Jihadists. I listened to his interview in CNN. He realizes that there is a conflict and there is a problem. There is no funds for this project yet and I am sure that he will not proceed before this conflict is resolved in a logical and rightful manner. We need to support the dialogue and understanding rather continuing in shouting matches.
Amen. Both are within their rights, but wrong.
Equating building a community center and a place of worship with book burning and then implying that the supporters of the community center threaten violence are gross distortions of reality.
Burning is an act of destruction and certainly implies a desire to burn people who identify with the book. Park51 is, God willing, will be a place where people can worship, recreate, socialize and learn. It will have an interfaith board of directors.
As far its location, it is built where the owners have the property. Perhaps all the people who feel it should not be there should collect money and make a counter-offer and then do whatever they want with the former Burlington Coat Factory building. If the poll showing 70% opposition is accurate, then 70% of 300 million people equals approximately 210 million. SoHo properties bought the place for $4.85 million. So make an offer of $10 million, which would come out to less than $0.05 per person.
alad and afadel, have you two ever really come out strongly condemning the extremists? I have not seen it.
afadel, I believe Gov Patterson tried to set a meeting to do just that. They wouldn't even meet with him to discuss it.
Philadelphia had a similar controversy over a Catholic Church serving predominantly Irish immigrants in 1844.
The Fed:- If you have not already done so, go to youtube and look up a short film called Fitna. It was made by a Dutch politician named Geert Wilders. Wilders is in the strange position being prosecuted by Dutch authorities for insulting Islam while at the same time needing protection from those same Dutch authorities because of death threats from muslims.
Imam Faisal and CAIR are simply the respectable face of terrorism in the U.S. Al Queda's public relations and lobbying arm so to speak.
afadel, spoken like a true convert.
@justthefacts 8:04 AM. Park51 developers did not refuse to meet with Gov. Paterson.
Rick this is probably your best work to date. In these four panels you've managed to present the unequal and unfair way in which the followers of this religion expects to be treated. Despite their followers being responsible for the hi-jacking, bombing and murder of thousands of innocent Americans, they are insensitively planning to erect a mosque near that site. Now that someone is planning to burn their precious book they intend to murder more American's who are no way involved.
Religion of peace? Its about time they start proving it!
afadel, did the Gov offer assistance in the way of property if they moved the site? Perhaps the article I read was mistaken.
aladienfadel, I too watched the CNN interview witht Imam Faisal. He basically said that if the mosque is moved then there will be violence from the Muslim world. If that's not a threat, I don't know what is.
Rick, you keep calling it as you see it. I personally think that your perception is very keen.
Wow answer me this Rick:
1. Why are you showing the muslim as the Violent one?
2. Why does the muslim have the only weapon?
3. Why now are you saying in this cartoon he wants to build it NEAR GROUND ZERO all your other cartoons said ON TOP OF GROUND ZERO?
I suppose if either of us met and American muslim he would have a sword on him out in the open all happy go lucky, or do we need to go over there to see swords out in the open if we were to have a discussion with one?
I take it you must think all muslims are violent, typical of those on the right.
Yep right in line for honorable mention at the 2011 National Newspaper cartoonist awards banquet. Keep up the good work *COUGHS*
To Rick. I believe in honest and respectful discussions. I want to remind you that thousnads of babies were delivered by Muslim doctors. Thousand of lives were saved by Muslim doctors. American Muslims are intelligent hard working citizens doing their best for their families and communities. They are valuable assets in the security of our country but they were treated as a threat to security. They should be treated as partners. Imam Rauf did not threaten by violence, he warned about the consequences of our actions. The solution is in continous dialogue to respect the feelings from both sides without preset conditions. How many Muslims did you meet? Do you have Muslims working in Augusta Chronicle?
aladienfadel, it was the Imam who said the Muslim world would erupt in violence, that our national security would be at risk and this "crisis" could be worse than the Danish cartoon incident, not me. Perhaps he is the one who is mistaken? As for how many Muslims I know, it is not my practice to ask my friends and co-workers about their religious beliefs.
Im tired of the whole issue. The Muslims want to chop off the heads of anyone who burps in their direction. Christians would be vilified by the media if they behaved as such.
Then we Christians are burning the other-guys holy book. Its much like the hatred of the gay population, and as I have been guilty of this in the past, I now clearly see we cant change others with hate, nor can we profess obedience to our God with mean, cruel acts. By all means, defend the faith, but my faith is just that....MINE.
The odd part of this hatred towards one another (Christian-Muslim) is that the 2 religions share a single root in history. Its not as if one came from satanic roots.
I can tell you the humans wont settle this battle........I read the last chapter.
I'm just sayin......... Great cartoon Rick!
Sounds like he does not know any to me.
Sure I do. How is this even relevant to the discussion? It's a way to aviod talking about what's really the issue.
Rick, when someone tells you do not play with fire, it will burn you, this is not a threat. It is a good advice. President G.W.Bush visited a mosque shortly after 9/11 attack to tell the entire world that we are fighting terrorists, not Muslims. We are at war and we need to be clear about who is the real enemy. As far as Muslim image is concerned, your answer proves that American muslims looks the same as Christians and Jews. The image you draw is from Ali Baba or Aladdin stories. Remember Aladdin was the nice guy.
aladienfadel, the news of the day is that the Quran burning is called off and the mosque may be moving. As far as I'm concerned that's the best possible solution and everybody wins.
aladienfadel, 'Rick, when someone tells you do not play with fire, it will burn you, this is not a threat. '
It sure sounds like a threat to me. You should report him to the police.
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