Salman Rushdie was also there to champion free speech, including speech that some find offensive.
Just hours after the Islamic terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, left two Muslim jihadists dead, a conservative comedian, Evan Sayet, absolutely nailed it with this joke on twitter:
My favorite drawings at the Muhammad cartoon festival in Texas were the two chalk outlines out front.
— Evan Sayet (@EvanSayet) May 4, 2015
But leftist critics were quick to jump on Sayet, calling him insensitive and sparking a huge debate on his Twitter feed.
Daily Caller We caught up with Sayet via email after his tweet went viral to ask about PC culture and media coverage of the shooting.
“Political Correctness — which is just a euphemism for the totalitarian concept of ‘Newspeak’ written about by Orwell in1984 – has nearly destroyed comedy in the same way that it has nearly destroyed education, journalism and the other fields where the powers-that-be are on the Left,” Sayet told TheDCNF.
”Now, just as the ‘education’ system is used to indoctrinate children and ‘journalism’ is used to give credence to Leftist policies and positions, comedy (and the whole of the entertainment industry) is used to reinforce Leftist propaganda.”
The Los Angeles comedian said the critics are the elite left, not everyday Americans.
“The response, in fact, has not only been overwhelming but overwhelmingly positive,” Sayet told TheDCNF. “The vast majority of Americans — especially those outside the Leftists’ bastions of academia, journalism, entertainment and Democratic Party politics — are wholly in support of my statement whereby hundreds of innocents being saved by the killing of two terrorists is a GOOD thing.”
Sayet said he does not regret the tweet in the slightest.
“I only regret we live in a society where a joke at the expense of would-be mass murderers is something that anyone thinks I have to defend. And, again, the Leftists have accomplished their goal,” Sayet told TheDCNF. “Who is really irreverent here, me in a silly tweet about would-be mass murderers or those who sought to assault that which SHOULD be revered, the First Amendment right — the HUMAN right — of free speech?”
FROM CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill
I understand and respect free speech. But to organize hate speech events, purely because you’re legally allowed to, is disgusting. — Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) May 4, 2015
FROM NEW YORK TIMES’ Rukmini Callamachi
Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a “Muhammad drawing contest”?
— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) May 4, 2015
As authorities continue to investigate an attempted terror attack on a contest to draw the prophet Muhammad in Texas, Bosch Fawstin, the winner of the event, has retreated into hiding, saying he faces persistent death threats.
UPDATE: Bosch Fawstin wrote this on Twitter: “Despite a Dishonest Wall Street Journal headline story saying I’ve gone into hiding because I’ve gotten death threats, I’ve Not gone into hiding”
Pamela Geller (h/t revereridesagain) Bosch Fawstin netted $12,500 for winning the contest’s grand prize as well as the “People’s Choice Award” for his drawing depicting Muhammad wielding a sword and saying, “you can’t draw me!”
ALL CARTOONS BELOW ARE BY BOSCH FAWSTIN, AN EX-MUSLIM
In an interview on Tuesday, the cartoonist was vague about his whereabouts, saying only that he lives somewhere in the U.S. “I don’t want to say where,” Mr. Fawstin said, also declining to say his age. “There are Muslims out there who want to kill me.”
Mr. Fawstin said he was raised by Albanian Muslim parents in the Bronx but eventually renounced his faith. He said the 9/11 terrorist attacks motivated him to use his art to denounce Islamic extremism.
He has drawn a comic book called “Pigman,” featuring a hero who battles “pigotry” and his arch nemesis, SuperJihad. He said he has also drawn several dozen cartoon renderings of the Islamic prophet.
“I do it because we have been told we can’t,” he said. “I’m not just provoking people for the hell of it.…Provocation is freedom of speech—it’s not separate from it.”
The Muhammad art competition in Garland, Texas, was hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Some 200 people attended the event according to a participant.
Pamela Geller, the group’s president, said the competition was a way to promote free speech and was a response to a January attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by Islamic extremists that killed 12 people, including some of the publication’s most famous cartoonists. Critics of the group claim it promotes extreme, anti-Islamic views.
Armed with assault rifles and wearing protective body gear, two men opened fire outside the community center in Garland but were quickly gunned down by law enforcement.
Days before the shooting, the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a joint bulletin to law-enforcement agencies, warning that while authorities didn’t know of any specific threats tied to the contest, they were concerned that it could “prompt violent extremist reaction”.
The bulletin said authorities were especially concerned about acts targeting contest participants, who may not understand the degree to which they could be in danger, in the days and weeks following the event.
Mr. Fawstin said he will likely have to remain incognito for the foreseeable future. “I’ve been called a hermit since a kid,” he said. “I’m used to being on my own.”
Four members of a fraternity at the University of Kansas have been kicked out after admitting to participating in a video mocking Muslims. Big deal.
The Blaze Zeta Beta Tau, a fraternity known for its Jewish roots, punished the members just one day after learning about the clip, which was posted using the Yeti app on April 9, according to the Associated Press. The short video showed a man dressed in blue, wearing what appears to be a turban and repeatedly saying “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” Others can be heard laughing at the spectacle, which can be viewed below. (I guess they should have stuck to allowable Muslim commentary such as “Death to Israel” and “Kill all the Jews”)
No need to risk your lives in overcrowded, rickety, smuggler boats, now you can fly to Europe in comfort from North Africa and the Middle East. For now, this amazing offer is open to Muslim males, ages 20 – 35, ONLY. Christians need not apply.
h/t Nick van Riel
This camel knows what’s in store for him when the little raghead grows up, so he’s giving him a warning.
h/t Rob E
And we know he is having this desired effect because his liberal colleagues and former supporters on the left are ripping him to shreds.
FOX News and conservative bloggers/writers can spend all day, everyday, trying to inform the public about the growing threat that Islam poses to Christians, Jews, and all non-Muslims around the world, but we do not reach the audience that Bill Maher reaches. By opening their minds to a subject the left wing media avoids like the plague, Maher should be praised and emulated by those on the left, not vilified. You don’t have to agree with his politics on any other issue, I don’t, but his relentless and unapologetic criticism of Islam should be embraced by both the right and left.
Apparently his recent 10-second joke on ‘Real Time With Bill Maher,’ about the departure of musician Zayn Malik, a Muslim, from the popular British boy band One Direction was the last straw for the Left.
Several clips of Maher’s anti-Islam views are in the videos below:
After sarcastically dismissing the news blitz regarding Malik’s career move, Maher, who identifies as a “proud liberal,” placed a photo of the pop singer alongside an image of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and asked “Where were you during the Boston marathon?” See clip below:
But the Left didn’t stop there. In this hit piece from the far left rag, Think Progress, they ask, Has Bill Maher finally gone too far? We all know that had Maher made the exact same joke about a Christian, the Left wouldn’t have said a word. Seeing the pontificating and handwringing in the following article about Maher’s ‘Islamophobia’, one would think they are about to tar and feather the guy. These are the same liberals who don’t blink an eye when report after report shows how Muslims persecute and publicly execute homosexuals just for being homosexuals all around the Middle East.
Here’s what they say:
Think Progress Talk-show host Bill Maher stoked controversy again this weekend for making insensitive jokes about Muslims, a familiar story given his infamously callous views on Islam. But Maher’s detractors argue his most recent quip is just the latest in a sustained campaign against Islam, and progressives are beginning to speak out against the increasingly offensive rhetoric of the liberal pundit.
Maher has been bashing Muslims since at least 2010:
Maher’s joke immediately set off a firestorm of criticism on Twitter, where Zain’s fans — including many British and American Muslims — chastised Maher using the hashtag #RespectForZayn. Thousands of Zain’s supporters have already signed a Change.org petition insisting Maher apologize for the segment. (Not in the cards, Maher NEVER apologizes for his views on Islam)
Ibrahim ‘Dougie’ Hooper, the spokesperson for (designated terrorist group) Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), echoed the disapproval of Zain supporters, saying Maher’s joke promotes racism and Islamophobia. “This is just another example of [Maher’s] casual racism and anti-Muslim bigotry,” Hooper told ThinkProgress. “It has become part of his public persona, and that’s unfortunate.”
But Hooper also argued that the segment, while offensive on its own, is part of Maher’s unsettling tendency to drum up anti-Islam sentiment within progressive circles — something he said liberals should reject. “He legitimizes Islamophobia on the left,” Hooper said. “I don’t view bigotry or intolerance as liberal or progressive.”
Indeed, while this weekend’s sketch riled a group largely unfamiliar with Maher’s show (Zain fans), he has made bashing Muslims — or Islam in general — a recurring part of his act in recent months. In October of 2014, he called Islam “the only religion that acts like the mafia — that will fuckin’ kill you if you say the wrong thing, draw the wrong picture or write the wrong book.” Maher and another guest, prominent author and “New Atheist” Sam Harris, insisted this position was the “liberal” stance, but actor Ben Affleck, another guest on the show who claims to be a “moderately liberal guy,” defended Islam, saying Maher’s comments were “gross” and “racist.”
A month prior, Maher frustrated journalist Charlie Rose (below) by claiming that all of Islam was complicit in the actions of ISIS, the terrorist group currently committing atrocities across the Middle East. Maher said there was “connecting tissue” between ISIS and the broader Muslim world, noting “The Qur’an absolutely has on every page stuff that’s horrible about how the infidels should be treated.”
Maher singled out Islam again in January after the tragic killing of Charlie Hebdo journalists by terrorists who claimed to be acting in the name of Islam. Referencing remarks he made earlier that week on the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” show, Maher said of Islam, “what we’ve said all along, and have been called bigots for it, is when there’s this many bad apples, there’s something wrong with the orchard.”
His criticism of Islam has become so common that students at the famously liberal UC Berkeley campaigned last December to have Maher removed as their college’s commencement speaker, saying his views did not represent those of the graduating class.
The school ultimately allowed him to speak (although several groups protested the administration’s decision), but many progressives remain uncomfortable with Maher’s treatment of Muslims: over the past few months, Maher’s comments about Islam have been criticized by left wing writers at the New York Times, the New Republic, Salon, Daily Kos, and Vox, among others.
“While Maher isn’t just the loudest and most candid voice on the left in his bigotry toward Muslims, he is the ideological counterpart to Fox News that helps make hate bipartisan,” Max Fisher wrote at Vox.
Progressives are also concerned about the growing popularity of Maher’s perspective among liberals. Last week Cenk Uygur, speaking on his popular left-wing show The Young Turks, railed against what he called the “Sam Harris, Bill Maher” wing of progressivism for their anti-Islam views. He compared Islamophobia to McCarthyism, or the anti-communist paranoia of the 1950s, explaining that while he shares Maher’s distaste for religion (Uygur, like Maher, is a proud atheist), he cannot abide mistreatment of Muslims in the name of liberalism. (Probably because his background is Turkish)
“They think that they’re liberals, this whole Sam Harris, Bill Maher wing,” Uygur said. “You want to call yourself a liberal? You don’t know what a fuckin’ liberal is. You want to call yourself a progressive? You’re not remotely progressive … You’re a foaming at the mouth neoconservative, and, yes, you’re discriminating against [Muslims].”
The Left’s criticism of Maher isn’t limited to his disparagement of Islam, as his fellow progressives have long accused him of of being insensitive, racist, and ultimately self-defeating as a liberal. In 2010, he drew fire for joking that President Barack Obama was not acting like a “real” black president, wishing aloud that he would “[show up] in a meeting with the BP CEOs, you know, where he lifts up his shirt so you can see the gun in his pants.”
In almost all of these instances, as with his anti-Islam comments, Maher defended himself by citing free speech, a closely-held liberal value. But his critics — especially those on the Left — are becoming less and less enthused with his exclusionary brand of humor, and many are determined to fight fire with fire.
“The only way to challenge hate speech is with more speech promoting tolerance,” Hooper said. “He has a right to be a bigot if he wants, but we have the right to speak out against his bigotry.”
Bill Maher’s ‘Muslim Dior’ Fashion Show:
MORE OF THE ANTI-ISLAM Bill Maher
Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) has released a fatwa stating that usage of toilet paper is permissible within Islam, though it emphasized that water should be the primary source of cleansing.
Hurriyet Daily News Reminding that for a prayer to be religiously legitimate, one’s body, clothes and the place where the prayer is to be performed should be free of items defined as “unclean” by Islam, the fatwa said the cleaning should be conducted with water.
Private parts should always be washed with WATER after using the bathroom. ALWAYS USE LEFT HAND TO CLEAN yourself. (Because Muslims use the right hand to eat).
“If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used. Even though some sources deem paper to be unsuitable as a cleaning material, as it is an apparatus for writing, there is no problem in using toilet paper,” read a part of the statement.
Diyanet had stated in late March that it was okay for substances produced for cleaning and containing alcohol to be used for cleaning purposes, while stressing that drinking alcohol was forbidden by the Islamic religion.
“If [substances containing alcohol] spill onto a dress or the body, they must be washed or they cannot perform a prayer. While it is forbidden to drink substances containing alcohol that were produced for cleaning purposes, it is acceptable to use them for cleaning. Therefore the places that were cleaned with such substances need not be washed before performing a prayer,” read a part of Diyanet’s answer.
MUSLIM TOILET ETIQUETTE:
1. When going to the toilet, do not touch the private parts with the right hand. (Muslim)
2. Do not cleanse the private parts with the right hand. (Muslim)
3. After relieving oneself, use three stones or three clods of clay. (Muslim)
4. When using the toilet, do not face or sit with the back towards the Qibla. (Bukhari)
5. When intending to urinate, find a suitable place of privacy. (Abu Dawood)
6. Do not urinate in stagnant water (water that does not flow). (Bukhari)
7. Do not urinate in a bathroom, as many a time due to this, evil temptations are aroused.(Tirmidhi)
8. Do not stand and urinate. (Tirmidhi)
9. Do not converse (with another person) whilst relieving oneself. (Musnad Ahmad)
10. Do not relieve oneself at riverbanks, roads and shady places where people walk or rest. (Abu Dawood)
11. Recite BISMILLAH before entering the toilet, as this will serve as a veil between the jinn and the private parts of humans. (Tirmidhi)
12. Do not perform istinja with bones or dung. (Tirmidhi)
During his show, ‘Real Time With Bill Maher,’ the comedian made a joke likening the former One Direction singer to Boston Marathon Muslim bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Fans from around the world have tweeted their outrage following the joke and several online petitions are now demanding Maher apologize for the ‘islamophobic terrorist joke.’
See more of Bill Maher OFFENDING MUSLIMS
And let the Muslim handwringing and whining from the left begin:
People Ibrahim ‘Dougie’ Hooper, the spokesperson for the designated terrorist group CAIR says, “Maher’s comments were out of line. It shows that he’s really not missing an opportunity to engage in his favorite ‘Islamophobic’ themes,” Hooper says. “He serves to legitimize Islamophobia on the Left which is one of the unfortunate byproducts of his intolerance of Islam and Muslims.”
Zayn, Men like Bill Maher bring laughter to bigots. You bring joy to good people. The difference is called ‘humanity.’ #RespectForZayn
— Abdul R. Siddiqui (@A_R_Siddiqui) April 5, 2015
This isn’t even just about Zayn, its about every muslim out there who struggles on a daily basis bc of people’s ignorance #RespectForZayn
— I SAW THEM (@oopshisquad) April 5, 2015
terrorist jokes aren’t funny and being a muslim doesn’t make you a terrorist #RespectForZayn
— H. (@pinkfloydharold) April 5, 2015
ZAYN MAY NOT BE IN THE BAND AND HE MAY HAVE HURT US, BUT DISRESPECTING HIS RELIGION SHOULDN’T EVEN BE A THING. #RespectForZayn
— RICKY FOLLOWED ME (@NiallsBrother) April 5, 2015
— One Direction (@1DsUniverse) April 5, 2015
Islamic State fighters are shaving off their beards and dressing as women in a bid to escape from battle, Iraqi forces have claimed.
(Transgender Rights groups in America are reported to be asking Barack Hussein Obama to offer them asylum and find them a job here)
UK Daily Mail A series of pictures have emerged showing men who have reportedly been caught trying to escape from northern Iraq wearing dresses, bras and make-up.
The photographs, posted on Instagram, show authorities appearing to pull back burkas to reveal young boys and even men with moustaches. In one a scared teenager wearing pink eyeshadow is held by the throat as an official takes a picture. It is not known when the photograph was originally taken.
Under Sharia law, which ISIS partially adheres to, women are prevented from fighting. Jihadists are believed to be terrified of being killed by a female because they think it will stop them getting their 72 virgins in heaven.
One man is pictured in a flowery red jumpsuit with a thick blue blanket pulled over his head.
But men – and even boys as young as 13 – have been given powerful machine guns and are expected to join the cause.
The photographs were revealed just five days after it emerged three men from the region were accused of homosexuality and publicly beheaded by a sword-wielding ISIS executioner.
*Dearbornistan is the new name for Dearborn, Michigan now that it has been infested with the largest Muslim population in America.
In it’s first venture into the world of fashion, the Islamic terrorist group is now selling Islamic State-branded goods…with everything from sovereign rings and baseball caps to school bags and baby clothing.
UK Daily Mail From babywear to wedding rings, ISIS supporters have been showing off their appalling taste in fashion on social media. Most ISIS merchandises appear to be cheaply made and poor quality, always adorned with the ISIS badge.
The uninspiring fashion pieces have been seen being worn by fighters, mothers and babies living in ISIS territory in Syria and Iraq. Naturally nearly all the merchandises are based around the dull colour scheme of black and white.
The uninspiring colours embody the values of the extremist group’s flag, the famous black banner long associated with Islamic State and radical Islam. Any other colour could be a hint of apostasy, or worse interest in the tight fitting world of Western clothes.
Jihadi mothers in Syria and Iraq obsessively show off their little darlings, decked out in Islamic State’s latest naff fashion pieces. Young babies have been pictured, miserably wrapped in Islamic State rugs, highlighting the extremist group’s obsession with indoctrinating children from a young age.
Oblivious to their unexplained allegiance to the group, their heads have been covered with an itchy looking hats with the ISIS logo emblazoned on in Arabic.
Other children have been kitted out in ill-fitting military uniforms, struggling to hold onto the rifle which has been thrusted into their arms for the photo. School children have been photographed, proudly wearing ISIS branded school bags as they walk to school.
One young girl is pictured posing from behind to show off her own ISIS draw string bag. Wearing a thick quilted pink coat, matching gloves and a niqab, the seven old is dwarfed by the heavy bag.
Looks like the Saudis have some real competition: