Murder plot against Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard

JP.DK reports that Early this morning Danish police arrested several individuals of Muslim background suspected of conspiring to kill Kurt Westergaard, one of the 12 Danish cartoonists who on September 30, 2005 published cartoons of alleged Muslim prophet.

The Danish Security and Intelligence Service had been tracking three of the arrested suspects for a number of months. Two of the suspects are Tunisian citizens, the other is a Danish citizen of Moroccan origin. It is expected that all 3 suspects will be discharged after interrogation, with the two non-Danes being deported. Discharged? Deported? If these individuals are being held for conspiring to commit a terrorist act of murder, I hardly see how discharge and deportation are the appropriate responses. If they are guilty, it is certainly not the appropriate response. And if they are innocent, then deportation is surely inappropriate.

The September 2005 cartoon fiasco sparked a Muslim fundamentalist mob reaction which included violent demonstrations, the boycott of Danish goods, and the burning of Danish embassies. That sounds like an appropriate response…

Westergaard’s cartoon, which depicted the alleged prophet wearing a bomb turban with a lit fuse, attracted particular attention. Westergaard’s stated intention behind the cartoon was to reflect how many people exploit the alleged prophet to legitimize terror. Quite reasonably, however, the cartoon was seen as depicting the alleged prophet as a terrorist. Nevertheless, the response of the Muslim extremists was absolutely abhorrent.

Westergaard and is family now live in fear, knowing based on information from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service that there are people (read: certain Muslim extremists) out there that are intent on pursuing his death. Westergaard expects that he will have to live in fear and under constant protection for the rest of his life.

This is absolutely deplorable. The man made a cartoon and now he has to live his life in fear of a bunch of delusional Islamist blood-thirsty tyrants. This is inexcuseable. These extremists should be ashamed of themselves, though of course they aren’t. Moderate Muslims should be standing up to their extremist counterparts, as should the rest of human civilization. And all of those politically correct accomodationalist liberals* should stop rewarding Islamic terrorism by acting as if Islam is deserving of special considerations.

*Note: I am not calling all liberals politically correct accomodationalists. I am liberal-minded and am all for social justice.

Hat Tip: RichardDawkins.net

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17 Responses to “Murder plot against Danish cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard”
  1. jonolan says:

    “I am not calling all liberals politically correct accomodationalists.”

    WTF? You describe the perps as “several individuals of Muslim background” and you have the nerve to call someone else an accomodationalist?

    The would-be murderers were Muslims! Freaking rag-headed jihadis. have the balls and accuracy of thought to call them what they are. The extremist Muslims – a small subset – thrive on the liberal apologists who give them the benefit of the doubt out of fear of seeming pejudiced. Don’t be one of them!

  2. ronbrown says:

    Janolan:

    I actually used the “of Muslim background” terminology in accordance with the article that I was citing. I just followed their lead. But it’s not like I hid who they were. And importantly, I do not want to slander an entire group of people based on the actions of some members. I have said who the people are—Muslim extremists—but I have made it a point to distinguish between this subset and the entire group. In so doing, I think I represented the event acccurately, directed attention to the appropriate population, and deflected it from people who are not apart of it. Moreover, I also argued that moderate Muslims need to take a stand against these extremists.

  3. jonolan says:

    Sorry, it is sometimes hard for me to truly get past any sort of apologist language. I think the trend towards dhimmitude as espoused by the hyper liberal multiculturalists has made me little trigger happy.

  4. ronbrown says:

    Understandable, sir. Have you seen the Sam Harris-Tucker Carlson interview on this very issue? It’s on YouTube.

  5. Balder says:

    Translated transscripts of complete interviews with Kurt Westergaard

    Murder plot to kill Muhammed cartoon artist Kurt Westergaard – DR February 2, 2008 – English translation of complete transscript of TV interview

    More interesting older interview with Kurt Westergaard and Imam Kasem Said Ahmad – English translation of transcript of the program.

    Kurt Westergaard would do it again – Interview with cartoonist Kurt Westergaard September 24 2006

  6. sadia masroor says:

    In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    Danish Cartoons and all blasphemy are a crusade against “The Mercy to Mankind”.

    Prophet Muhammad Salallahu alaihi wa sallam is

    – the man who firmly stood against injustice
    – the man who liberated women and guaranteed them their rights
    – the man who spoke for respectful rehabilitation of widows and orphans
    – the man who diminished the raging fire of racism and inequality
    – the man who rightfully conveyed the word of Allah, Most High
    – the man who termed the liberation of slaves as a merciful act, an expiation of sins
    – the man who untiringly brokered Peace between warring tribes
    – the man who convinced to the world that humanity is a single race
    – the man who endorsed social justice in the greatest way possible – simply by adhereing to it
    – the man who established a moral and just system in society in the form of shariah
    – the man who loved his neighbor more than his life
    – the man who greatly upheld loyalty in friendship.
    – the man who forgave his staunchest enemies
    – the man who shared with the poor and the rich
    – the man who never spoke a word untrue
    – the man who honoured his guest, and treated them the best.
    – the man who visited the sick and the old, comforting them with kindest of words, even to those who opposed him the most.
    – the man whose faith was the greatest, and yet lived life the simplest.
    – the man who loved to pray and to kneel, and shared his every meal.
    – the man so honest even his enemies swore by it.
    – the man most upright even at times of strife.
    – the one muslims regard as their True leader,
    – the one muslims love and respect more than their lives or their family,
    – the one muslims believe is the most beloved among the entire creation of Allah Almighty,
    – the pious one that everybody, muslims and non muslims, unmistakably believe as the Greatest Human Being ever to have walked on Earth.
    – the one who is the biggest cause of grief to all evil whisperers and evil doers.
    – and the one that the immoral Danish cartoonist, Danish media, Danish publicists and associates constantly slander against out of prejudice and bigotism.

    The current state of the world is ” When you do good, know it when impounded with criticism and abuse, and if you have sinned know it when YOU become the “apple in the eye” of the self styled “LIBERAL WORLD”, (or if you get nominated for a noble prize!)

    Denmark is fairly acquainted with the FACT that Islam forbids picture making and that Muslims will never Forgive Blasphemy, and yet so as to provocate muslims extremely, Denmark permitted the printing, publishing and distribution of blasphemous
    material directed towards the noblest of all nobles, the leader of all prophets, the messiah of mercy to mankind – Prophet Muhammad Salallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam……..all in the pretext of “FREEDOM of EXPRESSION”!!
    Expression of what? Hatred and jealously???…..

    Guess they have choosen to forget what the “Freedom of Expression” really stands for???
    Well, its about time they realize that it stands for
    Liberty of faith
    Liberty of honour
    Liberty of justice
    Liberty of modesty
    and more than anything – it is the Liberty of Rightful WAY of LIFE!
    Clearly, it doesn’t stand for suppression – suppression of beliefs that differ culturally and religiously.

    Modesty and Vulgarity have different names in the west as is evident from the following views:
    To the WEST, it is upright when u have “women walking nude” in the name of FASHION
    To the West, it is upright when u have topless women working in strip clubs
    To the West, it is upright when u have proms where “loosing ones’ virginity” is the criterion to become trendy
    To the West, it is upright when u commercialize women to market commodities as cheap as a shavingrazor
    To the West, it is upright when u write untrue and abusive stuff about a faith that has millions of believers
    To the West, it is upright to indulge in alcohol, which clearly diminishes the sense that distinguishes good and bad
    But shockingly, when a muslim woman chooses “not to dress provocatively and to cover her hair” out of HER FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION OF MODESTY and BELIEF, she FACES UPROAR AND SEVERE CRITICISM FROM THE WEST so much so that legislations have
    drafted rules banning any such attire …….WHY? Because it does not endorse vulgarity- the west’s”freedom of expression ” !

    This is an Act revealing the Highest Degree of Bigotism perpetrated by chauvinists who fiercly envy the “MAgnetism of Islam” in the growing world.
    Yes, it hurts when bigotism extends to this level….but we will now show our “FREEDOM of EXPRESSION”.
    We condemn these acts of prejudice and reject the falsehood

    An Apology on mere papers is not what we want
    An Apology from within is what we demand

    PEace!

    sadia masroor

  7. jonolan says:

    I’ll give this, sadia masroor – a women who wishes to be a hijabi should certainly be allowed to do so without fear of punishment or reprisal from any government. To outlaw the hijab is exactly the crime you are describing.

    On the other hand, a person who wishes to publish cartoons of Muhammad or name him as a pedophile (a 9 year old?!?) should be able to do so without fear of being murdered.

  8. sadia masroor says:

    Jonolon, your outburst is sheerly out of utter ignorance, May Allah Most Merciful give you the sense of gaining knowledge and wisdom that will lead you out of ignorance – ignorance of righteousness.
    You must act conscientiously and study the live of Prophet Muhammad Salallahu alaihi wa sallam, and inshallah, u’ll regret for believing in the lies and deliberate misinterpretation of the life of the Greatest Human Being on earth.

  9. jonolan says:

    If I lie, sadia, then I do so only as the scholars of Islam have lied.

    Bukhari vol.5 book 58 ch.43 no.236 p.153:
    “Narrated Hisham’s father: Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consummated that marriage when she was nine years old.”

    Bukhari vol.7 book 62 ch.60 no.88 p.65:
    “”Narrated ‘Urwa: The Prophet wrote the (marriage contract) with ‘Aisha while she was six year old and consummated his marriage with her while she was nine years old and she remained with him for nine years”

    Bukhari vol.7 book 62 ch.115 no.163 p.119:
    “Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet was screening me with his Rida’ (garment covering the upper part of the body) while I was looking at the Ethiopians who were playing in the courtyard of the mosque. (I continued watching) till I was satisfied. So you may deduce from this event how a little girl (who has not reached the age of puberty) who is eager to enjoy amusement should be treated in this respect.”

    Bukhari vol.5 book 58 ch.44 no.245 p.158
    “”Narrated ‘Aisha: (the wife of the Prophet) I never remembered my parents believing in any religion other than the true religion (i.e. Islam), and (I don’t remember) a single day passing without our being visited by Allah’s Apostle in the morning and in the evening.”

    Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 ch.548 no.3309 p.715-716:
    “‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house at the age of nine. She further said: We went to Medina and I had an attack of fever for a month, and my hair had come down to the earlobes. Umm Ruman (my mother) came to me and I was at that time on a swing along with my playmates. She called me loudly and I went to her and I did not know what she had wanted of me. She too hold of my hand and took me to the door, and I was saying: Ha, ha (as if I was gasping), until the agitation of my heart was over. She took me to a house, where had gathered the women of the Ansar. They all blessed me and wished me good luck and said: May you have shared in good. She (my mother) entrusted me to them. They washed my head and embellished me and nothing frightened me. Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came there in the morning, and I was entrusted to him.”

    Sahih Muslim vol.2 book 8 ch.548 no.3310,3311 p.716:
    “‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported: Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married me when I was six years old, and I was admitted to his house when I was nine years old.”

    ‘A’isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) married here when she was seven years old, and she was taken to his house as a bride when she was nine, and here dolls were with her: and when he (the Holy Prophet) died she was eighteen years old”

    Sunan Abu Dawud vol.2 book 5 ch.700 no.2116 p.569:
    “‘A’ishah said : The Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) married me when I was seven years old. The narrator Sulaiman said : Or six years. He had intercourse with me when I was nine years old.”

    Shall I go on, sadia? Perhaps you should crawl back home and LEARN the Qu’ran and the Hadith. You’re ignorance is tantamount to being murtadd!

  10. mepola says:

    Woooooooo!

    jonolan, Great knowledge about islam. And, What a gesture shown about sadia in the last para? According to my knowledge (don’t claim to have as much as jonolan), prophets never do anything on their own. They are guided from the God, as jesus (peace be up on him), moses (peace be upon him), ibrahim (peace be upon him) were guided. And, the God’s wisdom is perhaps more than mepola’s and jonolan’s wisdom.

    In later years, the marriage of Aisha (Allah be pleased with her) in early age with the prophet (peace be upon him) proved this fact. A major portion of islamic studies about women came through Aisha (Allah be pleased with her). She was the most knowledgeable among the Muslim women of her age.

    She used to sit with the other women and pass on the knowledge that she had received from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and long after he had died, and as long as she lived, she was a source of knowledge and wisdom for both women and men.
    Abu Musa once said, “Whenever a report appeared doubtful to us, the Companions of the Prophet, and we asked ‘A’isha about it, we always learned something from her about it.”

    As for as, the age of aisha (Allah be pleased with her) is concern, the girls living in warm countries (specially arab countries) became adult early (about 9-12 years of age). so, this is not an issue. This is just a non-issue which is often raised to put down the strong personality of the prophet (peace be upon him).

    I don’t want to crawl back anyone, just want to act according to the knowledge we have. As, knowledge is the light which guides in the darkness of ignorance. so, put the light on….

    Regards
    Mepola

  11. jonolan says:

    Mepola,

    Thank you, though I can’t claim any great knowledge of Islam. I’ve studied it, along with many other religions, for years but I don’t speak Arabic well enough to truly understand the deeper meanings of the texts. Any time you work with translations you loose meaning and nuance.

    As for Muhammad’s (pbuh) “pedophilia,” I only brought it up as an example of Free Speech. Whether the facts of that matter are right or wrong a person should be free to speak of it without fear of being murdered.

    To more directly address your assertions about A’isha (abwpwh),I would say that these girls may well become nubile at 9 – 12 years of age, but that does not mean they become adults at that age. The matter of pedophilia is such instances is open to debate and such debate would be based on general cultural mores and imperatives.

    Also, on the matter of Muhammad’s (pbuh) divine guidance there is some debate amongst the sects as to the extent of Muhammad’s (pbuh) fallibility and capability to sin.

  12. mepola says:

    jonolan,
    🙂 what about prophet Muhammad’s (Sallalla ho Alaihi Wasallam) first marriage with Khadija (Allah be pleased with her) when she was 40? prophet’s life answers every blame on him.

    As for as your second objection is concern, The Quran is the proof of the truth of the prophet (Sallalla ho Alaihi Wasallam)? Allah has challenged the whole world to bring even a single verse like Quran ? So, do consider it as well.

    May Allah guide us all to the reality.

    🙂 say Aameen

    Mepola

  13. jonolan says:

    Mepola,

    …and what about Muhammad’s (pbuh) marriage to Zaynab (abwpwh)? The Prophet of Islam was a man with all of a man’s faults and failings. The Qu’ran even shows Allah berating Muhammad (pbuh) for his sins and failings:

    Sura – 66 Prohibition (Al-Tahreem)

    [66:o]In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

    [66:1] O you prophet, why do you prohibit what GOD has made lawful for you, just to please your wives? GOD is Forgiver, Merciful.

    [66:2] GOD has decreed for you the laws dealing with your oaths. GOD is your Lord, and He is the Omniscient, Most Wise.

    [66:3] The prophet had trusted some of his wives with a certain statement, then one of them spread it, and GOD let him know about it. He then informed his wife of part of the issue, and disregarded part. She asked him, “Who informed you of this?” He said, “I was informed by the Omniscient, Most Cognizant.”

    [66:4] If the two of you repent to GOD, then your hearts have listened. But if you band together against him, then GOD is his ally, and so is Gabriel and the righteous believers. Also, the angels are his helpers.

    [66:5] If he divorces you, his Lord will substitute other wives in your place who are better than you; submitters (Muslims), believers (Mu’mins), obedient, repentant, worshipers, pious, either previously married, or virgins.

    [66:6] O you who believe, protect yourselves and your families from the Hellfire whose fuel is people and rocks. Guarding it are stern and powerful angels who never disobey GOD; they do whatever they are commanded to do.

    [66:7] O you who disbelieved, do not apologize today. You are being requited only for what you did.

  14. L. Ron Brown says:

    jonolan: I have to say, I’m quite surprised that you’re engaging in phuh-ing.

  15. mepola says:

    jonolan,

    Your words are showing your inside failure. I am surprised, whether you are really so ignorant or trying to be ‘innocent’ that you are quoting translation of verse without knowing its context [66:6]. This address of the God is not for the prophet (Sallalla ho Alaihi Wasallam), but for the whole mankind in general. Similarly, no other mentioned quote is evident to any sin of the prophet (Sallalla ho Alaihi Wasallam). Quran is full with the praise of the prophet (Sallalla ho Alaihi Wasallam).

    Once again, prophet’s marriage with Zaynab (Allah be pleased with her) revealed another law from the God to the mankind that an adopted-son is not the real-son (as was believed in arabs). So, every aspect of prophet’s life is a modal for the humanity.

    Infact, Quran is guidance to the God for those who want to be guided towards God. The prophet (Sallalla ho Alaihi Wasallam) was the most successful and the most honorable personality in the history of mankind. And, many visionary western scholars even have also admitted this fact.

    I am not a religious scholar but even then can understand your shortcomings about understanding Islam and the prophet (Sallalla ho alaihi wasallam).

    I would not say any more but praise to God that whoever is right among us, May Allah strengthen the other to understand his views.

    However, if someone tries to dis-honor the prophet just for the taste of the tongue, then Allah is omnipresent and the most powerful.

    Regards,
    Mepola

  16. jonolan says:

    Ron,

    “Peace Be Upon Him” is a fair enough term of respect and well-wishing for the man who was a prophet, a shape of religions. I’ve never had much against Islam as the Qur’an set it forth, just some of its adherents in the modern world. 😉

    Mespo,

    We’re failing to communicate, probably caused by spill over from my using various hadith to disillusion Sadia Masroor.

    The suras I translated here were just for illustration. They show that Muhammad was fallible like any man. I could have quoted other suras that did the same thing, but they were quite a bit longer and I hate cherry-picking individual verses.

    My point is Muhammad (pbuh) was a man and therefor fallible. So what? That in no conflicts with your assertion that he “was the most successful and the most honorable personality in the history of mankind.” Frankly, it makes it more impressive, since overcoming faults is more difficult than never having them in the first place.

    Now, if you’re Shiite, we’re just not going to agree on the fallibility of Muhammad (pbuh) and the imam and had best just back off the topic. 😉

  17. Kurt westgurads Mom says:

    U dum mother fuckin retard mother fuka… thi is no joke that mmuthat fuka has to be killed, how can u let that fukin retard get away…i recon sumone shuld kill the Prick…..

    I’mm happey that the 9/11 happend it was beautiful fukin prick face…

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