Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Yale Press Plot Thickens to Glop

Roger Kimball has the skinny at PJM regarding Yale’s squeamish removal of any and all illustrations of the MoToons in a book about the ‘Toons. How dumb is that?

Yale ShieldWhadda bunch of scaredy cats. Have you ever seen Yale’s seal? We’re talking Lux? Veritas? How about Darkness and Half-Truths? Yeah, Yale as the demimonde.

The book in question is by Jytte Klausen, and the title is The Cartoons That Shook the World without the shaking ’toons, mind you. And no images of Mohammed, either. Maybe Jesus with a beanie? Saint Peter juggling rocks?

Mr. Kimball quotes The New York Times:

Yale University and Yale University Press consulted two dozen authorities, including diplomats and experts on Islam and counterterrorism, and the recommendation was unanimous: The book, “The Cartoons That Shook the World,” should not include the 12 Danish drawings that originally appeared in September 2005. What’s more, they suggested that the Yale press also refrain from publishing any other illustrations of the prophet that were to be included, . . .

Yep. Two dozen useless mandarins pondered the conundrum and came up with this cockamamie conclusion. Heck, why bother writing the book? Certainly we cretins who would be its most likely buyers don’t read book without pictures. Duh. Boring.

Mr. Kimball has a dissident quote from The Guardian. At least there is one sane soul left.

Read all of his essay. Mr. Kimball gives a good account of the dirty details on who is possibly the villain and who is the fall guy in this academo-drama. What entity do you suppose is behind this demonstration of the return of the Dark Ages? What entity has yet to leave the Dark Ages?

And how long do you think that Hebrew inscription will be permitted to stay on the Yale shield? Anybody want to start a pool?

Meanwhile, the birthplace of the MoToons has its own take:
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Yale Censorship

Yale censors book on Mohammed crisis

There is a sensation in the USA: Yale University’s publisher has been told not to reproduce Jyllands-Posten’s cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a new book about the crisis.

Danish-born Professor Jytte Klausen of Brandeis University is the author of the book The Cartoons that Shook the World, published by Yale University Press.

The drawings gave the publisher cold feet, so it consulted a wide variety of diplomats and experts on Islam and terror, and their message was clear: do not use the drawings.

But the publisher went even further - a number of historic drawings of Mohammed were removed at the same time. There was a picture from Ottoman times, a drawing from a children’s book, and a painting by Gustave Doré showing Mohammed being tormented in hell, as described in Dante’s “Inferno”.

“Downright idiotic”

Jytte Klausen agreed to pull Jyllands-Posten’s drawings, but she is baffled by the fact that the other images were also left out, writes The New York Times.

Yale University Press defends itself by saying that the images can be found on the Internet for those who are interested.

Author and religion researcher Reza Aslan calls the book a very complete account of the crisis, “but not to include the drawings seems to me downright idiotic.” He says that an academic work such as Jytte Klausen’s will not spur further unrest, even if it includes the drawings.

The crisis of 2006 resulted in embassy burnings and up to 200 deaths in the Muslim world. The American media at that time failed to publish the Jyllands-Posten drawings.

[Note: translated by the Baron. A round of applause, please…]

What is it about the American press that it attracts full-blown wusses and bullies? These maroons have all the integrity of rotting vegetation. And all the brains to go with it. They smell to high heaven.

Jyllands-Posten never knew what worldwide maggoty cowardice their experiment in free speech would uncover. They have done this planet a service, and at some cost to their own safety.

It is they who should have gotten our Medal of Freedom, not that anti-Semite, Mary Robinson, may God forgive her.

Here is a Danish commenter from the Human Events website linked above, explaining the whole mess, which was engineered by some professional proselytizers of the Religion of Peace, a faith chock full of pacifists who just happen to have a penchant for setting things on fire and blowing stuff up:

Hm, weird that the effect of offending so peaceful a religion is that our flag and embassies are torched…they reason why the newspaper in question printed the cartoons was that they wanted to challenge the viewpoint that cartoonists were afraid of offending muslims.

The irony here is that the reactions clearly demonstrate that muslim people are very readily offended.

Another incredibly ironic twist is that it wasn’t until Danish imams toured the arab world with the drawings approx. two months after the publication that the strong reactions started - most of the imams in question had ties to Hizb-ut Tahrir, which is banned in most northern european countries because they’re considered extreme, but which is allowed in Denmark because of our general tolerance.

Then there are a couple of things to note about the flyers which the imams handed out on their tour. I’ve read a translation, and the following makes me question the purity of their motives:

  • it says that mosques aren’t allowed in Denmark and that we persecute muslims.

    Not true - we have a couple in the larger cities as well as graveyards exclusively for muslims. When the cartoon controversy was at its peak, muslim organizations had the freedom to hold demonstrations as they wished - the only larger one I can recall was held in front of our parliament, mostly attended by members of Hizb-ut Tahrir.

  • there was an image of a man with a pig snout. By far the most offensive image in the flyer, but it was actually taken from a french newspaper and was a photograph from a squealing contest.

There have been demands that the Danish government take action towards Jyllands-Posten, but that can’t happen. Jyllands-Posten is privately owned and protected under the freedom of speech.

Religious people from other countries don’t control what our newspapers print, and they never will.

Signed: Troels, Denmark

There are 2,073 comments on that post. Yes, lots of foaming-at-the-mouth peace-lovers showed up to express their views in this country of free speech. [Nudge, nudge, Ali & Muhummud].

Here's one response by the pacifist side:

I believe that we all should respect other people's traditions and believes. It was extremely wrong of the dutch to print such abusive cartoons related to a Holy personality.
I don't remember any abusive article or cartoon printed by the Muslim media which might hurt the religious believes of Jews or Christens

Signed: Sumbul Syed, Pakistan.

Nope, I didn't make that up. Check the link. This guy in Pakistan, Land of Peace and Forgiveness, believes this manure. More power to him. May his IQ increase.


Hat tip for the Danish news: TB

5 comments:

Robin Shadowes said...

"Yale University Press defends itself by saying that the images can be found on the Internet for those who are interested."

Yeah, but for how much longer? The new and upcoming draconian anti-free speech legislation will probably take care of that little problem.

Godffrey said...

this situation in itself is useful to the counter jihad. the only people who would condemn a book that published the mohamed cartoons are the tiny minority of islamophiles and most of the people who would buy that book are the GoV reading islamophobes. anyone in between might be willing to purchase such a book for the supposed shock value of the cartoons. of course, when they walk into the bookstore, pick up this book, and see that the cartoons aren't even in it they will put it down, read something else, and no doubt notice the absurdity of writing a book about the mohamed cartoons without even putting them in the book.

Papa Whiskey said...

Diana West persuasively argues that the real reason for Yale's concern for Muslim sensitivities is its quest for Muslim petrodollars:

http://www.dianawest.net/Home/tabid/36/EntryId/984/More-Lux-et-Dhimmitude-Cherchez-La-Dough.aspx

Well worth a read.

Dymphna said...

@ Papa Whiskey:

That's what I meant when I said:


Read all of his essay. Mr. Kimball gives a good account of the dirty details on who is possibly the villain and who is the fall guy in this academo-drama. What entity do you suppose is behind this demonstration of the return of the Dark Ages? What entity has yet to leave the Dark Ages?

And how long do you think that Hebrew inscription will be permitted to stay on the Yale shield? Anybody want to start a pool?


The Saudis own many, many of America's large institutions. THey are corrupted by money. Send your kids to *small* private schools. They are more resistant to this virus and more helpful with financial aid.

BTW, the Saudis are buying tracts of desert in Israel,too. Maybe they think the magic will rub off somehow and they can make the desert bloom, too. Good luck with that.

Profitsbeard said...

Yales new school motto:

Formidonis Est Efficens

(Terror Works.)