Cartoon Rage: The Race to be the First to be Offended

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“My Allah is bigger” (but not integral)

(Tim Blair)

British Islamic politician Maajid Nawaz recently added this image, from the popular Jesus and Mo comic strip, to his Twitter feed:

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As Nawaz writes:

I tweeted the bland image and stated that, as a Muslim, I did not feel threatened by it. My God is greater than that.

Good for him. But his co-religionists weren’t so relaxed:

By the time the week was up I had received death threats, the police were involved, and a petition set up by some conservative Muslims to have me dismissed as the Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn had gained 20,000 signatures.

Further idiocy came when Britain’s Channel Four decided to cover the story – “cover” being the operative word. This is how Jesus and Mo appeared on the station’s broadcast:

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Yep. Mo’s been replaced by the black egg of Islamophobia! Here’s Channel Four’s brilliant explanation:

The senior editorial team decided that the showing of the entire illustration, whilst likely to cause offence, was not integral to the story …