Dimitris Rapidis

Mocking Islam: Why doing so?

The anti-Islam video being allegedly shot in the US and called “The Innocence of Muslims” stirred up a turmoil in the Muslim world a week ago. Now the French weekly Charlie Hebdo came to offer one more blast by publishing a series of cartoons ironically depicting Prophet Muhammad. Meanwhile the French Presidency came quickly to announce that on Friday 21st of September is planning to shut down all its diplomatic representations and French schools in the Muslim world being outspokenly afraid of retalations in respect of the biggest prayer day of Islam. After all, why doing so? Why spreading that heatred across the cultures?

It is not an issue of the free speech of the press nor of the level of intensity of reaction from the Muslim world. This trend to mock Muhammad is something that tends, in the name of publicity, to be the norm for some of the Western media that strive to sell and get reknown by insulting sensitive and fundamental symbols of religion. Even if the reaction from the Muslim people and the outrage they show seems quite weird to some of the Westerns, there is no doubt that as far as cartoons of Muhammad directly insult the Muslims, there is no reason to incite extreme retaliation, especially when this religion is Islam, where we definitely know how much piety counts for the lifes of millions of people.

It is without doubt that the reason of doing so is merely commercial, as Charlie Hebdo -used to sell about 1,000 copies a week- has now sold over 60,000 due to the publishing of Muhammad cartoons. The issue gets greater dimensions if we take into account that today the offices of the weekly were being attacked and firebombed by extremists who left a message on the front explaining how disgraceful the editor should feel and how disgusting they, the Muslims, feel about these cartoons.

From a wider dimension, it has been a common trend for Islam to be chased by media and politics in the Western world. The first sign was in 2005 when a Danish daily published a similar series of cartoons mocking Muhammad with the reaction being relevantly harsh and wide. In 2009, during the Swiss cantonal referendum over the minarets in Muslim-prayer mosques across the country, the debate turned to be extremely rugged when the far right party openly insulted the representatives of the Muslim community of the country. In addition to this, a series of posts were published and pasted across the streets of Geneva, Zurich and Berne, depicting a quite humiliating image of the Muslims and stressing out the supremacy of the “Swiss” over them. The ban of building of minarets was finally passed by 57% but the essence of the debate is still wandering over Switzerland.

During the last two years in Greece, extreme right and nazist groups are consistently chasing Muslim immigrants by hitting them, insulting them, injuring them and sometimes killing them. Especially in capital Athens, where the immigrants are usually concentrated in masses, the issue has taken wider and more severe dimensions now that the far right party is officially represented in the Greek Parliament and it is appeared to be much more organized and mobilized to continue chasing Muslims.

After all, I am wondering where and how this handling of the religious identity is going to end up. Are we faced with repeating and increasing incidents of racism and discrimination across Europe and the US or we need to finally deal with whatever brings money and publicity by ignoring even the deepest feelings and sensitiveness of religiosity, race, and gender?

 

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  1. Islam is not a race: it is a religion. People who are black or Jewish or whatever are protected from discrimination because they were born into that colour or into that race. They had no choice and therefore it would be wrong to discriminate against them on those grounds.
    However, people do not have to be Muslims or Christians or whatever: it is a choice. And as such they forfeit the protection that Universal Human Rights might offer.
    It is important to understand this fundamental difference.

  2. Lost Verses of the Koran

    Surah 115: The Pig

    Bismillah:

    The hurried flight of the Hegira had led the Muslims to a fertile oasis, where they were at last safe from their many enemies in Mecca.
    Pausing, each thanked Allah the moon-god for their good fortune.
    Assembling at a long table, they enjoyed rare delicacies brought by bare-breasted sirens whose faces were veiled. During the feast Muhammad sternly forbade his disciples to partake of pig flesh, while fondling the youthful breasts of a Nubian harlot named Sheba.
    Obeying the Prophet, the pilgrims partook of the succulent flesh of jackals and vultures, washing their food down with strong wine.
    “I never dreamed I’d have to eat the loins of a jackal, let alone the bitter entrails of a cursed vulture,” observed a hungry pilgrim named Ahmed to a fellow Muslim, choking on the unpalatable morsels.
    “Neither did I, but the Holy Prophet has ordered it,” grumbled another starving follower, almost heaving as he consumed greasy vulture flesh.
    “A rancid pork chop would taste a hell of a lot better than this crap does,” retorted Ahmed.
    “It’s an acquired taste brother, you’ll get used to it,” spoke up another, smiling with a mouthful of rotten teeth.
    “I don’t think so,” said Ahmed, forcing down a burned jackal testicle.
    An uncaring Muhammad, famished, greedily wolfed down roasted jackal in enjoyment, quaffing from an earthenware wine carafe on occasion, while choosing which of the sirens that would soon endure his favours.
    The meal finished in the late afternoon, a drunken, lustful Muhammad initiated a sex orgy with the sirens, the debauched Holy Prophet, Allah speaking through him, declaring all earlier betrothals or marriages of the women he knew null and void.
    The Muslims celebrated their good fortune, again thanking Allah for the bounty they had been blessed to receive.
    Later, as Muhammad sat half-naked under a palm tree, masturbating to the thought of molesting little girls, Ahmed chanced by and remarked, “Oh great prophet, why does Allah say that we cannot dine on delicious porcine flesh?”
    “Why?” asked Muhammad, closing his filthy, tattered, moth-eaten robe, “Because Allah’s younger retarded cyclops brother is a pig, and Allah doesn’t want us killing his holy kinfolk.”
    “Allah is a pig?” asked Ahmed, staring at Muhammad.
    “Of course,” replied the deranged Prophet, hallucinating thanks to ingesting strong hashish minutes earlier.
    “That’s ridiculous, why in hell do we worship pigs?” asked Ahmed, thinking his flight from Mecca may have been the result of heeding the words of a false prophet, possessed of a capricious desert demon who delighted in seeing them consume the flesh of vermin.
    “Because they’re better than we are,” answered a smiling Muhammad, now fantasising about raping little boys, “Look at me, I’m little more than a lecherous child molester, thief and murderer!”
    “True, but pigs can’t even talk!” exclaimed Ahmed, digging a heel into the sand.
    “Allah can, he speaks to me in my dreams,” retorted the wildly hallucinating Muhammad, barely able to focus on Ahmed, seeing him in double vision.
    “You’re a madman,” declared a disgusted Ahmed, “I’m heading back to join the infidels in Mecca!”
    “Who cares?” retorted Muhammad, slurring his words and breaking into riotous laughter.Prophet Muhammad, opening his robe and again reaching for his flaccid sex organ, was too occupied with masturbating his building erection to reply further, while Ahmed disappeared behind a sand dune.
    “What a stupid, perverted, licentious bastard,” spat Ahmed, walking off, “Muhammad is crazier than a shithouse rat!”

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