Following up on Fox News’ “awakening” on the submission to censorship of Islam in the media, of which Fox plays a major role, we thought it a good time to cite examples that clearly indicate this is not a new phenomenon.
This list is a supplement to a picture book entitled ‘Muhammad: The “Banned” Images.’ While it is likely incomplete, it is extensive. Read our interview with the book’s creator, read through and share the list below, and get yourself a copy of the book because at the current rate of submission to Islam and sharia law, the book will be illegal soon – unless Americans lead the way in vigilantly and vigorously defending the freedom’s of our birthright.
Murder, Mayhem & Self-Censorship
Muhammad: The “Banned” Images, which includes the Danish cartoons, 30 other images of Muhammad, and an essay calling for free speech unfettered by fear, appeared in print shortly after 2 men were arrested for planning to kill Flemming Rose, the editor who first published the cartoons. The book includes a brief survey of the reaction of Western intellectuals to Muslim violence and threats, from the Rushdie fatwa to Yale University Press’s recent spineless self-censorship of Klausen’s Cartoons that Shook the World. Muhammad: The “Banned” Images is available from Amazon.
The list below includes only news stories relating to images of Muhammad. If you know of other examples, tell us, citing a published news story, and we’ll add the example to the list. This list could easily be expanded – and eventually may be – to include suppression of painting, sculpture, and art for the sake of multiculturalism and the religious sensibilities. See, for example, the Christian and Sikh examples cited in the “Statement of Principle” in Muhammad: The “Banned” Images, pp. 47-48.
1955 – April: Eight-foot sculpture on the Appellate Division of the First Department of the New York State Supreme Court (at Madison Square Park), in place since ca. 1900, is identified during renovation as Muhammad, and removed after the Egyptian, Indonesian and Pakistani ambassadors to the United Nations protest its presence. See Muhammad: The “Banned” Images p. 13.
1988 – September 26: Publication of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses
1988 – October (early): Satanic Verses banned in India
1989 – January 14: Satanic Verses publicly burned by Muslims in Bradford, England
1989 – February 14: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues fatwa against Salman Rushdie
1989 – March 1: Cody’s Books and a branch of Waldenbooks in Berkeley, CA, are firebombed after their managers assert that they will continue to sell Satanic Verse
1989 – April: Collets and Dillons in London are firebombed for stocking Satanic Verses; bombs also at High Wycombe, on London’s King’s Road, in the Liberty department store, and the York Penguin bookshop. Unexploded devices discovered at Nottingham, Guildford, and Peterborough
1989 – August 3: Unidentified 21-year-old Lebanese man dies priming a book bomb he intended to use to kill Rushdie
1991 – July 3: Ettore Capriolo, the Italian translator of the Satanic Verses, is beaten and stabbed in Milan, after death threats by Muslims
1991 – July 12: Hitoshi Igarashi, professor of comparative culture and Japanese translator of the Satanic Verses, is stabbed to death at Tsukuba University, near Tokyo
1993 – July 2: Attack targeting Aziz Nesin, a translator of the Satanic Verse, kills 37 Alewi intellectuals at the Madimak Hotel in Sivas, Turkey
1993 – October 12: William Nygaard, publisher of the Satanic Verses in Norway, is shot and injured
1997 – Council on Inter-American Relations (CAIR) objects to the figure of Muhammad in Adolf Weinman’s frieze of lawmakers in the Supreme Court, Washington, D.C. Chief Justice Rehnquist replies that it is unlawful to remove or injure any architectural feature of the Supreme Court, but that the Supreme Court will change its tourist literature to be more sensitive to Muslim religious beliefs. (See Muhammad: The “Banned” Images, p. 13 and no. 28.) Continue reading
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