Intoonfadeh Leads to Arrest

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An Indonesian Web site editor is arrested on charges of inciting religious hatred for publishing those Danish cartoons we'd all like to forget.

[Link hat tip to the indispensable Comics Reporter.]

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  1. Personally, I think we should never forget the cartoons or the violent response to their publication.

  2. In a just world he’d be condemned to have scathing cartoons made about him.

  3. But in fairness he should then be able to incite a few riots, burn a few buildings and call for beheadings.

  4. How come no images turn up on that google search?

  5. >In a just world he’d be condemned to have
    >scathing cartoons made about him.

    Perhaps the court illustrator could draw a picture of him sitting in jail, after which the man would be released.

  6. Of course, all of those who find time to protest the PATRIOT act and Bush’s invasions of privacy will be up in arms marching about this, right? Right? Hello? Is this thing on?

  7. Of course, all of those who find time to protest the PATRIOT act and Bush’s invasions of privacy will be up in arms marching about this, right? Right? Hello? Is this thing on?

  8. Speaking of “did Reason print them,” I actually thought the college newspaper cartoon of Jesus frenching Muhammad (which Reason ran about the same time) was a lot more offensive (and funny) than any of the Danish batch ….

  9. Dave wrote: “Of course, all of those who find time to protest the PATRIOT act and Bush’s invasions of privacy will be up in arms marching about this, right?”

    Yes, of course, because people are obliged to protest all infringements of individual rights equally, regardless of whether the infringements are committed by our own government or in a completely different country by legal authorities we have no control over. You know, unlike, say, that well-known selfish asshole, Martin Luther King, Jr., who never spoke out against female genital mutilation in Africa or other such things.

  10. Of course, all of those who find time to protest the PATRIOT act and Bush’s invasions of privacy will be up in arms marching about this, right?

    Well, speaking as one of “those,” I’d say no, because I don’t really see the point of protesting what the Indonesian government is doing on the streets of the USA. But you can bet I’d be out there if my own government did that.

  11. Well at least this should put an end to those placards with “World’s Worst Human Rights Abuser” type stuff superimposed over a map of the US. No more of that I’m sure.
    My point was that the Left’s outrage tends to have little to do with principles, and a lot to do with at whose feet they can lay the blame.
    Are people obligated to protest wrongs in other countries? No, but when the reflexively anti-American ANSWER types ONLY ever speak of American, or at best “Western” wrongs, while glossing over the far worse abuses of the non-Western (especailly Islamic) world, credibility ought to be called into question. These noble crusaders for civil rights will become excusers and apologists if they open their mouths at all, because it’s not the rights violations that get them going, it’s who they get to blame.
    And Jack, if Dr. King went around saying stuff like “America is the most racist country in the history of the world” while apologizing for modern slavery in Africa (Louis Farrakan), he would have been an asshole.

  12. William Hill (a betting shop in the UK) is taking odds on the first pop star to have a fatwa placed on them.

    I’m not sure anyone’s got the guts – Madonna’s all very brave when it comes to getting crucified on stage but I don’t reckon she’s got the cajones to batter a mock up allah with a large pink dildo in Madison Square Gardens.

    Yet.

  13. And Jack, if Dr. King went around saying stuff like “America is the most racist country in the history of the world” while apologizing for modern slavery in Africa (Louis Farrakan), he would have been an asshole.

    So are you arguing with those of us who oppose the PATRIOT Act, or are you arguing with Louis Farrakan and ANSWER? Because I don’t think that Farrakan reads this blog. Speaking for myself, if I find myself in a situation where I think my voice will reach an audience in Indonesia, I would certainly state my opposition to this kind of bullshit. But I think I’m going to keep focusing on the PATRIOT Act, and other stupid US decisions since 9/11.

  14. To put this to rest:
    I am arguing against the sort of people who were absolutely irate over the Bush wiretapping, but explained why we all needed Echelon when it was revealed under Clinton (the NY Times for example). The sort of people whose outrage over rights abuses is just an excuse to put on the Che shirt and smash a Starbucks window. The sort of people who want to give themselves a halo for their incredible courage in marching through NYC, but would never open their mouths about a place where words like “Fascist/Hitler/Dictator” actually are appropriate and not bullshit hyperbole, because that wouldn’t be attacking the popular targets.

  15. I am arguing against the sort of people who were absolutely irate over the Bush wiretapping, but explained why we all needed Echelon when it was revealed under Clinton…

    I don’t think you’ll find anyone like that among the regulars here.

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