Yale Univ Press Bans Images of Muhammad in Book about Images of Muhammad

Welcome to dhimmitude!

A new academic book published by the Yale University Press  about the Danish cartoon controversy has banned the inclusion of the original 12 caricatures of Muhammid (below and also here) as well as any other image of Muhammid.


Now, like NYU before it, and the NY Times (who published this story) and newspapers around the world, Yale University will also submit to Islamic sharia law and force non-Muslims to abide by it. From Yale Press Bans Images of Muhammad in New Book:

…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, specifically, a drawing for a children’s book; an Ottoman print; and a sketch by the 19th-century artist Gustave Doré of Muhammad being tormented in Hell, an episode from Dante’s “Inferno” that has been depicted by Botticelli, Blake, Rodin and Dalí.

With freedom of expression stifled, why not also stifle freedom of speech:

Aside from the disagreement about the images, Ms. Klausen said she was also disturbed by Yale’s insistence that she could read a 14-page summary of the consultants’ recommendations only if she signed a confidentiality agreement that forbade her from talking about them. “I perceive it to be a gag order,” she said, after declining to sign.

The book’s author seems comfortable in the role of dhimmi and under an illusion that this has nothing to do with genuine Islam – just some extremists, and she doesn’t even seem to mind that the Danish cartoons were banned:

Ms. Klausen…argued that the cartoon protests were not spontaneous but rather orchestrated demonstrations by extremists in Denmark and Egypt who were trying to influence elections there and by others hoping to destabilize governments in Pakistan, Lebanon, Libya and Nigeria.

“I can understand that a university is risk averse, and they will make that choice” not to publish the cartoons, but Yale University Press, she added, went too far in taking out the other images of Muhammad.

One thing you can count on from the religion of peace: VIOLENCE.

Ibrahim Gambari, special adviser to the secretary general of the United Nations and the former foreign minister of Nigeria — as concluding: “You can count on violence if any illustration of the prophet is published. It will cause riots, I predict, from Indonesia to Nigeria.”

Not so says another scholar – apparently he was not consulted:

Reza Aslan, a religion scholar and the author of “No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam,” is a fan of the book but decided to withdraw his supportive blurb that was to appear in the book after Yale University Press dropped the pictures. The book is “a definitive account of the entire controversy,” he said, “but to not include the actual cartoons is to me, frankly, idiotic.”

In Mr. Aslan’s view no danger remains. “The controversy has died out now, anyone who wants to see them can see them,” he said of the cartoons, noting that he has written and lectured extensively about the incident and shown the cartoons without any negative reaction. He added that none of the violence occurred in the United States: “There were people who were annoyed, and what kind of publishing house doesn’t publish something that annoys some people?”

“This is an academic book for an academic audience by an academic press,” he continued. “There is no chance of this book having a global audience, let alone causing a global outcry.” He added, “It’s not just academic cowardice, it is just silly and unnecessary.”

The author concludes:

“The book’s message is that we need to calm down and look at this carefully.”

But discussions cannot take place until we submit fully to the whims of sharia law!

hat tip to HotAir via @GregRLawson

Gratuitous bonus for infidels below:


Related: Muslims attempt to blow up 14th century fresco of Mohammid

3 Responses

  1. Excellent post. I enjoyed your take on the story.

    The Yale decision may be a negative precedent for future academic explorations into controversial subjects. Yale should be scolded and shamed because of this.

    My response at http://theobservedblog.blogspot.com/2009/08/cartoons-that-shook-university-in-its.html

  2. [...] McCarthy picks up on Diana West’s observation that the author was not exactly opposed to dhimmifying her book by removing the cartoons. A point we also noted in our post, Creeping Sharia: [...]

  3. [...] a book about the Danish cartoon affair, ‘The Cartoons that Shook the World’, but refused to include the cartoon depictions of Muhammad that were the basis for the book. Yale claimed to consult a [...]

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