Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Motoons on the Hustings

A Motoon
The Danes are not like the rest of us. Picking adjectives to describe the Danish character is difficult; “brash” and “irreverent” don’t quite cover it.

So it’s no surprise that when Denmark holds an election, it’s an occasion for high theater. One of the parties fielding candidates in the current parliamentary election campaign is going to revive the Motoons as part of its advertising.

The Copenhagen Post has the story:

The Danish People’s Party plan to incorporate the infamous Mohammed cartoons in their election campaign adverts

The nationalist Danish People’s Party will use drawings from the Mohammed cartoon affair during the election campaign to highlight its support of free speech, reported Nyhedsavisen newspaper Thursday.

The cartoon drawings of Islam’s holiest figure, first published in September 2005 by Jyllands-Posten newspaper, caused intense furore throughout Muslim communities both in Denmark and in the Middle East.

Pia Kjærsgaard, the party’s leader, said she was not afraid to use the drawings to provoke a response in voters — positive or otherwise.

‘Why shouldn’t we do it?’ Kjærsgaard asked. ‘It was because of the Mohammed affair that we openly discussed the free speech rights we were beginning to lose. Censorship is evil.’

Kassem Ahmed, spokesperson for the Islamic Trossamfund, the national organisation representing Denmark’s Muslim population, was unmoved by Kjærsgaard’s comments.

‘Pia Kjærsgaard just wants to use the drawings to provoke us and attract attention,’ said Ahmed. ‘Our current policy is to ignore the Danish People’s Party and she’s not worth the trouble.’

It’s a sign of the effectiveness of the stalwart Danish response to the Motoon crisis that the Muslims are ignoring Dansk Folkeparti instead of plotting to behead its leaders. It shows that standing up to the Islamic bully is the right tactic — when you look him in the eye and tell him to f*** off, he slinks away, muttering, “Aah, who cares about dat little joik, anyways?”

But it’s not actually one of the twelve original Motoons that will be used in the campaign. The blasphemous drawing in question will be taken from a 17th-century illustration used in an early translation of the Koran into English.

Flemming Rose tells the story on his blog:
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Mohammed Cartoon on Election Posters

This week Denmark’s Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen called elections for November 13, and today Danish People’s party announced that they will place election posters around the country with a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.

The newest MotoonThey do not hide that they are inspired by the cartoon crisis in 2006 that put Denmark in the headlines around the world. Demonstrations and violence in the Muslim world erupted.

The cartoon is drawn from a portrait of the prophet from a book about Islam by Alexander Ross published in 1683. Ross was behind the first translation of the Koran into English (1649). The poster reads “Free speech is Danish, censorship isn’t — we stand by our Danish values”.

In an interview with Nyhedsavisen party leader Pia Kjærsgaard explains the reasoning behind the decision to put Mohammed’s face on election posters.

“It’s part of our campaign for Danish values and we want to draw attention to those values. Among others they include equality between the sexes, solidarity and other things. This election add clearly has to do with the right to free speech.”

Why do you run this add after the violence during the cartoon crisis?

“Why shouldn’t we? Is it forbidden? On the contrary, we have had a very comprehensive debate, that was very good because we spoke about the values we were in the process of losing. We have to stick to those values. We would never have spoken about these matters if it hadn’t been for the cartoon crisis. Self censorship is a bad thing.”

Don’t you think that you are undermining the diplomatic effort by the Prime minister to calm down the situation during the crisis?

“No, I don’t think so. It would be self censorship if we were thinking that we shouldn’t do something like this.”

Did you consider the risk of provoking violence with this ad?

“No, that hasn’t been part of our deliberations about publication of the cartoon.”

Here’s what’s important about this: The threat of Muslim violence hasn’t been part of their deliberations about publication of the cartoon.

The threat of violence should never be a consideration when any group plans peaceful and lawful activities. When you modify your plans in anticipation of a violent reaction, you have ceded control to the Islamists as effectively as if you elected them to the parliament and allowed them to enact the country’s laws.

The The Grauniad has its own special take on the new Motoon affair, choosing the notorious terror apologist Asmaa Abdol-Hamid to represent the enlightened Islamic alternative to the “far-right” Dansk Folkeparti:

Danish-Muslim leader lampoons far-right over latest prophet cartoon

Asmaa Abdol-HamidA far-right Danish political party controversially depicted the prophet Muhammad on election material yesterday. Now a high-profile Danish-Muslim politician has hit back with a poster lampooning the move.

The ad by the Danish People’s Party, the country’s third largest political force, showed a hand-drawn picture of the Islamic prophet under the slogan “Freedom of expression is Danish, censorship is not”. The ad was condemned as a “provocation” by at least one Danish-Muslim group, as Islam forbids representation of its most important prophet.

Now Asmaa Abdol-Hamid, a Danish-Muslim politician who could become the first MP to wear the hijab in the Danish parliament if elected in next month’s poll, has hit back with a poster showing a hand-drawn picture of the DPP leader, Pia Kjærsgaard, under the slogan “Freedom of expression is Danish, stupidity is not”.

Ah, what wit! What subtlety! That’ll show those fascist bastards over at DPP, won’t it?

“It is ridiculous [of the DPP] to do that kind of thing,” Ms Abdol-Hamid told Guardian Unlimited. “It’s not clever, there is no point to it.”

“You have to think before using freedom of expression,” said the town councillor for Odense, and a member of the leftwing Red-Green Alliance.

We’ve often pointed out how tone-deaf most Muslims are about humor. When it comes to ridicule and satire, they simply don’t get it. Their possible responses — violent frenzy or self-righteous priggish indignation — display no comprehension of the motive force behind satire, or the reason why it is effective.

If one is the brunt of an effective satire, the best response is to laugh heartily along with everyone else, and then to compose an equally effective counter-satire, or to ignore the whole business entirely.

But Muslims in the West can’t seem to avoid the pitfall of responding to every amusing insult of their “honor” with prissy high-dudgeon, thereby making themselves look even more ridiculous.

As it happens, the Danes have already had a go at Ms. Abdol-Hamid:
Asmaa Abdol-Hamid
“A vote for Asmaa is a vote for Al Qaeda”

Every time a Muslim gets outraged by the tactics of the Danish People’s Party, the DPP potion of the vote will increase by a percentage point. Wait and see.

Hat tips: CG and Steen.


reino said...

"Now Asmaa Abdol-Hamid... has hit back with a poster showing a hand-drawn picture of the DPP leader, Pia Kjærsgaard, under the slogan “Freedom of expression is Danish, stupidity is not”."

Is this poster available on the internet anywhere? Anybody?

Mikael said...

It's on Asmaa's homepage.

Asmaa is missing the point. No one is taking to the streets over a drawing of party-leader Pia Kjærsgaard. Besides, the drawing is one of the nicest I've ever seen of her. Kjærsgaard is routinely pictured in the MSM as a rat, a Nazi (of course,) a dung-covered witch and what have you.
here's a typical way of portraying her.

kepiblanc said...

Reino, if you really want to see how the MSM - especially the daily "Politiken" - depict Mrs. Kjaersgaard in a way that brings memories of the Nazi newspapers "Der Stürmer" and "Völkischer Beobachter", you can go HERE.
Scroll down to the black/white drawings (the distorted photo is the editor of "Politiken")

Yorkshireminer said...

I think what got the Danes pissed off so about the cartoon, crisis was not so much the Muslim rage, although that came as a surprise. I think the average Dane would have said to himself, are these people for real, they can't be serious. What got the Danes really mad was the continuous pictures of the sheet people burning the Danish Flag. I know of no other people apart from the Americans who have such an affection for their Flag (Dannebrog). The Danish Flag is many ways is the core of there Danishness They will fly the flag any chance they can get. They were forbidden to fly it for about 20 years in the early part of the 19th century. Since they regained the right to fly there own flag they do it with gay abandonment. You have a birthday and you Birthday cake will most likely be adorned with small paper Danish flags as well as candles. Christmas trees are adorned with strings of Danish Flags. Where the Danes go the rest of us will inevitable have to follow if we are to save our civilization from Islamic domination. The point here thou is to remember that Denmark is ENERGY INDEPENDENT apart from Norway there is no other country in Europe that is in the same position. This has been a deliberate Danish Policy since the first oil embargo. Denmark was at the time of the first oil embargo nearly 100% Dependant on foreign oil. The shock concentrated the Danish minds, since then they have developed wind parks. Denmark now gets over 20% of its energy mainly from two massive wind parks one in the North Sea and another in the Baltic. They have also discovered just enough oil in there small part of the North Sea to satisfy the rest of the Energy needs plus massive investment in Energy conservation they should be able to potter along quiet nicely for the next few years, and raise a middle finger to any ranting Imam. Danish export I think only about 2% of there exports to the Middle East. Denmark has isolated itself as much by luck as judgment from the Islamic oil and economic blackmail that can and is used against France Italy or Germany or even Britain, to get there own way. All the huffing and puffing by the muslims is not going to change one iota how the Danes run there election, and any vicious attack will only backfire. The more they accuse them of being racist, which the Danes aren't by the way, the more votes will go to the Danish Peoples Party.

This is going to be a very interesting election which I will be following very closely. They are also great lateral thinkers. When I lived in Denmark I was told a tale, I do not know if it is true or not because I have never been able to substantiate it in any historical records. The Germans prior to hopefully deporting the Danish Jews ordered all Danish Jews to wear a Yellow Star of David to set them apart. The Danish King Christian even in those turbulent times always road through Copenhagen ever day on his horse, He is reputed to have ridden out the following day wearing a yellow star, after which the Danish population followed suit, and the order was rescinded. I certain don't think that it is true, but what certainly is true is that during the war Danish children took to sporting woolly hats knitted in the shape and the Colors of the roundels painted on the sides of British Warplanes, and that the Danes studiously ignored the German occupiers as if they were not there, which must have been a very uncomfortable experience. They certainly know how to irritate people they don't like What ever happens in this election the muslims and there supporters will certainly be outmaneuvered it will only take one idiot to lose his cool and the parties of sanity will be elected with a larger majority than ever. Just over two weeks to the election will not be long enough for the muslim ambassadors in Denmark to get a plan together and try and intimidate the Danes and if PET could arrest somebody a couple of days before election day for planning a terrorist attack then it is a forgone conclusion on who will win. I look forward to this election with pleasure. Denmark is not only fighting back they are winning.

Captain USpace said...

Good for Denmark! The Islamofascists are the racist ones. They are against the Christian Race, and the Jewish Race and the Buddhist race and the Atheist race and the...

draw not Muhammad -
Islamic law can only
apply to Muslims...

Muslims not bound by Buddhist
Christian or Jewish doctrine

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
you have NO rights

to hate religions
that demand to convert you

absurd thought -
God of the Universe calls
for sick ideologies

that deny human rights
KILL adulterers and gays

absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
don't learn about jihad

wanting to know or teach it
is RACIST say the WACKOS