Creators Out, But Muhammad Drawing Protest Is On
Tim Blair: There’s a lot of fear around. Even among those whoÂ wanted to counter fear.
Andrew Bolt:Â Bravely trashing only what keeps them safe
“This is what decadence looks like: a frantic coarseness that ‘bravely’ trashes its own values and traditions, and then knuckles under swiftly to totalitarianism and brute force.”
And as Eric Hoffer said so well: “People who bite the hand that feeds them also usually lick the boot that kicks them”.
Draw the Curtains
Well, that didn’t last long. Five days, even lefties were outraged by Comedy Central caving in to angry Muslim intimidation and censoring “South Park”. By way of response, one cartoonist proposed “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day“:
On Friday,Â SarahÂ Norris told a radio talk show host in Seattle that she came up with the idea because “as a cartoonist, I just felt so much passion about what had happened…” noting that “it’s a cartoonist’s job to be non-PC.”
A cartoonist’s gotta do what a cartoonist’s gotta do. But just because it’s her job to be non-PC is no reason not to take a sabbatical:
Her stark website today reads: “”I am NOT involved in “Everybody Draw Mohammd [sic] Day!”
Okay, but did you have to draw yourself wearing a peace sign?
At the end of last year, in National Review, I wrote about a London Times writer’s call for a “secularist and liberal defense of the principles of a pluralist society.” I was skeptical, and I wound up the column with one of those itsy-bitsy nuthin’ foot-of-page-37 stories that crop up somewhere around the western world every day now – something about Jewish teachers getting taunted by, ahem, certain pupils:
Around 2002 she began to encounter explicitly anti-Semitic speech from Muslim students: “Does someone smell a Jew? It stinks here.” “You are not human, you are a Jew.” Had Anglo-Saxon skinheads essayed such jests, Oliver Kamm’s warriors of secular pluralism would have crushed them like bugs. But when the teacher went to the principal, and the school board, and the local “hate-crimes unit,” they all looked the other way and advised her that it would be easier if she retired. Sixty out of 75 French teachers at the school opted to leave: A couple were Jewish, a few more practicing Catholics, and most of the rest were the liberal secularists on whom Oliver Kamm’s defense of the West rests. The francophone children withdrew, too. And now the principal and most of the students and faculty are Muslim.
Maybe it would have wound up like that anyway. But having nothing to stand in your way except liberal progressives certainly accelerated the process. And as it went at one schoolhouse, so will it go on the broader horizon: If you believe in everything, you’re unlikely to stand for something.
So much for the left’s “outrage” over “South Park” and “Everybody Draw Muhammad Day”. Back to “Everybody Have A Decaf Latte Day”.
Tim Blair quotesÂ Ross Douthat:
In a way, the muzzling of “South Park” is no more disquieting than any other example of Western institutions’ cowering before the threat of Islamist violence. It’s no worse than the German opera house that temporarily suspended performances of Mozart’s opera “Idomeneo” because it included a scene featuring Muhammad’s severed head. Or Random House’s decision to cancel the publication of a novel about the prophet’s third wife. Or Yale University Press’s refusal to publish the controversial Danish cartoons … in a book about the Danish cartoon crisis. Or the fact that various Western journalists, intellectuals and politicians â€” the list includes Oriana Fallaci in Italy, Michel Houellebecq in France, Mark Steyn in Canada and Geert Wilders in the Netherlands â€” have been hauled before courts and “human rights” tribunals, in supposedly liberal societies, for daring to give offense to Islam.
But there’s still a sense in which the “South Park” case is particularly illuminating. Not because it tells us anything new about the lines that writers and entertainers suddenly aren’t allowed to cross. But because it’s a reminder that Islam is just about the only place where we draw any lines at all.
Because people are physically scared….