Stateside dhimmitude: It’s ok to offend Christians, but not Islamists, per some newspapers

Posted by: ST on August 27, 2007 at 3:07 pm

Here we go again:

A popular comic strip that poked fun at the Rev. Jerry Falwell without incident one week ago was deemed too controversial to run over the weekend because this time it took a humorous swipe at Muslim fundamentalists.

The Washington Post and several other newspapers around the country did not run Sunday’s installment of Berkeley Breathed’s “Opus,” in which the spiritual fad-seeking character Lola Granola appears in a headscarf and explains to her boyfriend, Steve, why she wants to become a radical Islamist.

The installment did not appear in the Post’s print version, but it ran on and The same will hold true for the upcoming Sept. 2 strip, which is a continuation of the plotline.

Click here to see the Aug. 26 “Opus” strip about radical Islam.

The Washington Post Writers Group syndicates “Opus,” and the Post is the cartoon’s home newspaper. The syndicate sent out an alert about the two strips in question, according to Writers Group comics editor Amy Lago.

Sources told that the strips were shown to Muslim staffers at The Washington Post to gauge their reaction, and they responded “emotionally” to the depiction of a woman dressed in traditional Muslim garb and espousing conservative Islamic views.

There was also considerable alarm over the strip at the highest echelons of The Washington Post Co., according to the sources.

Lago said she flagged some of the syndicate’s newspaper clients for two reasons: because of the possibility that the jokes about Islam would be misconstrued and because of the sexual innuendo in the punchline.

Sound familiar?

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4 Responses to “Stateside dhimmitude: It’s ok to offend Christians, but not Islamists, per some newspapers”


  1. JAH says:

    So this high and mighty defender of the first amendment has given up that right all by themselves. Amazing how they accuse others of trying to take the right of free speech from them and they so easily give it up at the first sign of trouble.

    Not only is their hypocrisy showing so is their cowardice. They saw what happened with the Danish cartoons and tucked their tales between their legs and ran in the other direction. Oh they won’t admit that, they will say they did it out of sense of decency and not wanting to offend, but that is exactly what they did. They had no trouble running a cartoon attacking a Christian and a dead one at that. They probably patted themselves on the back for being so brave as to make fun of those Christians. Trouble is, that is not bravery. They know that those Christians they revile in cartoons, art (Piss Christ), movies (Last Temptation of Christ) will not take to the streets and try to burn down the newspaper and anything else that happens to be around.

    It takes zero courage to mock and attack those who you know will never harm you. It takes a level of courage unknown to these people to mock and attack and call to task those who might kill you. It takes a certain amount of courage to stand up for what you believe in no matter the consequences. What becomes obvious is that they really don’t believe in the first amendment unless it serves their purposes.

    How Pathetic and sad.

  2. benning says:

    Same old thing from the same old liars. Poor Muslims, with their panties in an uproar.

    Hypocritical bastards.

  3. NC Cop says:

    Same old thing from the same old liars. Poor Muslims, with their panties in an uproar.

    And we also see how quick people in the U.S. are to bow to them.

  4. Dr. D says:

    They have given up without even a shot! It has long been said that if this country is destroyed, it will be from within rather than from without, and here we see that defeat taking place before our very eyes! What cowards!!