Muslim leaders in the Chicago area are calling foul on an editorial cartoon published by the Chicago Tribune. Titled “De-evolution,” the image by Michael Ramirez parodied the iconic “March of Progress” illustration (below), which shows human evolution as a series of figures evolving from apelike ancestors to modern humans standing erect.
WBEZ Ramirez’s work reverses the order, starting with a modern human and ending with the most devolved figure: a man lying prostrate as if in prayer, labeled with the word “ISIS.”
“It makes it as if ISIS is just your average, mainstream Muslim who’s prostrating in prayer – something we all do – as opposed to what is unique and problematic about them,” said Ahmed Rehab of designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations).
(Actually, ISIS ‘is’ just your average Muslim. All Muslims prostate themselves the same way, all Muslims follow the same holy book, all Muslims share common beliefs. The ONLY difference is that ISIS believers are better Muslims because they carry out more of the violence/terrorism called for in the quran)
Rehab penned his concerns in a letterthat ran in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune. “The cartoon does a great disservice to Muslims and promotes further Islamophobia,” wrote Mohammed Kaiseruddin, chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, in anotherletterto the paper. (One can only hope!)
With the Charlie Hebdo attacks in mind, the weenies at the Chicago Tribune quickly removed the cartoon from its website. “We understand the deep concerns about Michael Ramirez’ cartoon and have moved quickly to publish responses from Islamic leaders and other readers that reflect those concerns,” said John McCormick, Editorial Page Editor at the Chicago Tribune. (Too late, the cartoon will live in infamy on the internet)