For centuries, even the most enlightened minds in the world considered freedom of speech (and the proto-freedoms of conscience and thought) to be sacrosanct, too valuable to be infringed, and too essential to be gainsaid. For indeed, what ideas are so dangerous that they cannot even be freely discussed and debated in the search for truth?
We’ve found a few–the ones that offend protected classes. And always remember, dear citizens: you are not a protected class.
That’s why when a cartoon offends an Islamic jihadist, who then decides to violently attack masses of innocent people, our thought leaders place the blame where it now belongs…on the people who spoke out. Because Charlie Hebdo deserved it.
Yet before the recent attack at Garland, Texas, the same elite opinionati were aware of another cartoon contest, courtesy of our new allies in Iran. The Second International Holocaust Cartoons Contest.
Secretary Masud Shojaei-Tabatabaii told Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency that 839 works had been submitted to the Holocaust Cartoon Contest, a cynical sequel to a much derided 2006 competition making light of the slaughter of 6 million Jews in Europe during World War II.
Intentional, systematic slaughter of millions of innocent people? Surely the cartoons just leap off the page.
The contest was announced in response to the international support for the victims of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in France. Obviously, the world got that one wrong (even Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, huh?).
Organizers putting on the contest say it is designed to highlight the world’s double standard in defending caricatures of the Muslim prophet Mohammed, whose depiction is taboo in Islam.
The works are also meant to question why Palestinians are “oppressed in compensation” for the Holocaust and warn of other Holocausts, including Gaza, according to a website for the contest. (See “Iran Holds Holocaust Cartoon Contest, It Drew Nearly a Thousand Entries”, originally posted HERE)