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Meditation 455
The Bomb in the Turban II

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This Reuters photograph of a demonstrator in a London England protest against the Muhammad cartoons was published in yesterday's National Post.[1]

BEHEAD THOSE WHO INSULT ISLAM

Those of us who value free speech recognize that one of the costs is that free speech permits those who oppose it to exercise that freedom to try and deny free speech to others. Authoritarian movements have no quibbles about using free speech to attempt to undermine it. The Islam that the sign carrier above represents is without question an authoritarian movement.

Those of us who value free speech recognize that one of the costs is that free speech permits those who oppose it to use threats and intimidation to try and deny free speech to others. Violent and terrorist movements have no quibbles about using free speech to communicate their threats of violence to attempt to undermine it. The Islam that the sign carrier above represents is without question a violent and terrorist movement.

But ignore the sign and its crude message. Take a look at the person holding the sign. Look at his face. He's masked. He lacks the courage to identify himself as behind the message he is forcing upon us. He is masked just like the terrorists who kidnap innocent aid workers and behead them on videotape. Cowards afraid to show their identity in the acts they claim they have Muhammad's blessing. This coward in promoting beheading shows himself at one with the cowardly scum who actually perform the act.

These are the cowards who put the bomb in Muhammad's turban. And they call themselves Muslims.

There are Muslims who object to Muhammad being linked to terror and violence. I say to those Muslims:

Do not blame those who point out the existence of the link. Blame those who created the link between Muhammad and violence. They are the ones who insult Islam. They live among you.

Footnote:

  1. National Post, Saturday, February 4, 2006 page A13

John Tyrrell - photo taken 5 February 2006 - self portraitThe above article was written by John Tyrrell, the owner of this web site, who is prepared to put his name and unmasked picture behind what he writes.

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