Danish cartoon controversy redux: Cambridge edition

posted at 9:12 am on February 19, 2007 by Bryan

I’ve had strep lately so I’ve missed out on some interesting stories. Here’s one from last week that’s worth mentioning.

There’s “satire” and there’s satire. In Marcotte-land, “satire” (writings you mean but later repudiate in order to keep a temp job) transforms its author into a living, fire-breathing irrational caricature of a rabid extremist. I mean, who actually got the “pat on the head” from the powerful, white patriarch–the independent entrepreneurial woman who criticized from afar or the woman who actually repudiated her own work to keep the temp job working for the white, male patriarch? Just, you know, asking.

Anyway, real satire is usually obviously satire, and in Europe it’s an increasingly dangerous thing to do. Not dangerous in a “oh isn’t Bill Donahue mean!” kind of way, but actually physically dangerous. Here’s what happens in 21st century Europe when you satire Islam and Islamic violence:

The editor of a Cambridge University college newspaper is in hiding after his attempt at religious satire backfired.

The 19-year-old student and aspiring journalist, who has not been named, is under investigation by the authorities at Clare College who described the satirical issue of the student newspaper Clarefication as “abhorrent”.

Most inflammatory, the college said, was the reproduction in the newspaper of the infamous cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad first printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten in September 2005, triggering violent protests worldwide.

For his own safety, the student has been taken out of his accommodation and put in a secure place. The newspaper had been renamed Crucification for the special edition of religious satire. The front page included the headline: “Ayatollah rethinks stance on misunderstood Rushdie.”

On page six, there were pictures of Muslims holding placards reading: “Behead those who insult Islam” and “Freedom go to hell.”

“Most inflammatory…” Those Danish cartoons seem to pop up over and over as just the most inflammatory things ever published. It’s as if the rotting Abu Laban has the ability to summon up Islamic rage from the grave.

So with the student in hiding for his life, what’s the university doing? Well, it’s the very definition of a kowtow.

Late last week, senior college officials were locked in urgent talks about how the material came to be published and what action to take against the student.

In a statement issued by Clare College, a senior tutor, Patricia Fara, said: “Clare is an open and inclusive college. A student-produced satirical publication has caused widespread distress throughout the Clare community.

Blah blah blah. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. They’re going to discipline the kid, probably toss him out of school and ruin his life for a while. In the UK, he’ll find himself hunted by the friendly people who wielded those “Behead those who insult Islam” signs on the streets of London. Those folks mean what they say. Their signs are anything but satirical.

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Wade on February 19, 2007 at 9:36 AM

Proves there’s nothing more spineless or brainless than the so-called intellectual.

MoxArgon on February 19, 2007 at 9:56 AM

So much for Freeom of the Press… or Speech…

Oh… wait… its Europe with its wonderful HATE SPEECH laws… my bad…

Romeo13 on February 19, 2007 at 10:01 AM


SWLiP on February 19, 2007 at 10:05 AM

Feel better, Bryan. Liquids and rest.

Tru2my2 on February 19, 2007 at 10:05 AM

Interesting. I just read a piece last week in Al-Jazeerah where a Cambridge University student was cleared of some kind of internal university charges for writing that all Israeli civilians, by virtue of the fact that they serve in the army, are legitmate terrorist targets. I’m going to see if I can find the linky.

WriterMom on February 19, 2007 at 10:05 AM

Here it is.

WriterMom on February 19, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Behead all who insult Hot Air!

JayHaw Phrenzie on February 19, 2007 at 10:13 AM

Death to Monty Python, and may his Flying Circus burn in the sulfurous fires of Mohammad’s Gehenna!

These “abhorrent” comedians are at the root of all this flippancy over sacrosanct religiosity!

And dig up the one who already died and behead his homosexual corpse for good measure!

Allahu Clarkbar!

profitsbeard on February 19, 2007 at 10:18 AM

Come on guys…Islam is a religion of peace…

EnochCain on February 19, 2007 at 10:19 AM


Islam is a religion of peace.

You’d better have meant “Islam is THE religion of peace“.

Or else!

Death to all who mix-up their articles of grammar!

Allahu parked-car!

profitsbeard on February 19, 2007 at 10:54 AM

The Left at Chambridge show what cowards they are and how easily they will become Islamic converts or slaves.

Shame on the administration and faculty of Cambridge University for not supporting the freedom they have inherited, not earned, from their forefathers. Shame on those that support such surrender in England. Shame on the government of the United Kingdom for allowing such groveling to take place on their own soil. Shame on the Queen and her family for not speaking out against abdicating the values and culture of a great nation.

Where is the spirit of Winston Churchill? Are these the decendants of Nelson, Elizabeth, and Victoria?

The only way I see out of such abhorent sevitude is for major disaster to strike and provide the means by which the Left will loose enough of it’s influence for England to come to it’s senses. So sad, but I look forward to the day when the Left is seen for what it really is, and England rises from it’s knees in the face of the Islamic Assault.

Shire Network News, listed in Hot Air “hot links”, gives me hope that there are those that have the courage and common sense of their forefathers. They are worth listening to after reading of such Shame at Cambridge University.

omegaram on February 19, 2007 at 12:22 PM

Tell us, what can we do to affect the behavior at this university? Is there someone in parliament we can all aggravate to hell and beyond? Is there some way to shame this institution into behaving correctly?

paulsur on February 19, 2007 at 12:40 PM

He’d be better off, by the new reasoning, if he had a vagina.

benrand on February 19, 2007 at 1:49 PM

By the way, does it bother you that one of the major architects of your demise was herself a strong woman, Michelle Malkin?

What I love is that this misandrist-extraordinaire never argued that Ms. Malkin wasn’t a ‘major architect’ of her demise.

Mr. Churchill turned in his grave again about the spinelessness of his compatriots.

Entelechy on February 19, 2007 at 1:58 PM

Revolting. I spent some time as a tourist in Cambridge two years ago. The tours of churches demonstrated that Cambridge has some very conservative Christians actively involved in the community. The closest thing to a Church of England “evangelical” study Bible is published by Cambridge University Press, not Oxford U Press. (I’m at work and my copy is at home, or I would cite it).

I would have expected such a community to be less suceptible to multiculturalism run amok. Furthermore, England used to have a healthy appetite for satire.

Shame on the Queen and her family for not speaking out against abdicating the values and culture of a great nation.

Good luck there. The brave young Princess who toured the bomb shelters during the blitz, and later as Queen fought hard to hold the Empire together, is now a tired old woman. Her son has demonstrated that he has a head full of mush — for example, he shows ignorance of his very own institution by wanting to be coronated by representatives from Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, and other faiths as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury. The only real function of a modern monarch is cultural preservation and continuity; but Prince Charles has already withdrawn from that fight (hint to HRH Chuck: German architects are not the primary enemy in the culture wars).

Prime Minister Blair gets credit over here (USA) for understanding the global threat posed by islamofascism, but domestically his “Cool Britannia” campaign has been a cultural disaster. Take the worst of 1960’s swinging London and add to it the worst elements of American commercialism and chain-store conformity, then mix in nanny-state ASBOs (anti-social behavior ordinances that criminalize poor behavior) that have to be seen to be believed, and you have a culture that is a shallow joke compared to the idea of the “British Buldog” that we have over hear in America.

Anton on February 19, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Make that “over here in America,” thanks.

Anton on February 19, 2007 at 2:16 PM

Sheesh have the British no spine at all?

Theworldisnotenough on February 19, 2007 at 2:21 PM

Didn’t I read last week that the Brits arrested, tried, and convicted several of those peace loving Muslims for fomenting terrorism by holding up the signs that called for beheadings?

csdeven on February 19, 2007 at 4:29 PM

Speaking of Monty Python – where are the brave British comedians who could parley this into good material for the next 10 years?

Reading “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam” this is exactly the medicine these faithful need. Ridicule upon ridicule till they become the laughing stock of the world. And only then, shamed for their lack of reason, will they break free en masse from their brainwashing.

So strike up the band. Enter stage left the silly Morehamhead, his nine year old bride, and the knights who say ni!

warriorlawyer on February 19, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Blair has dismantled too many British institutions. He has the anti-Midas touch, everything aspect of government he interferes with becomes sclerotic and incompetent.

aengus on February 19, 2007 at 5:57 PM

If this were a movie most of the audience would have walked out by now.

– The Cat

MirCat on February 19, 2007 at 10:26 PM

Anton on February 19, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Hear, hear! You pretty much said it all – I lived in the UK several years ago for a little over three years. It is sad to see what the nation has become compared to what it was and could be again.

I can only imagine what those I knew are thinking at the joke (as well as living hell) their nation has become for them who were born, raised, fought for and live there. England as it is is not what they fought for.

Of course, back then, not many people took the “religion of peace” all that seriously as many I knew considered it perhaps something to study but not something that you (nor any sane people) would ever want to be a part of.

They were worthy of our ridicule then, and I believe, still are, so:

strike up the band. Enter stage left the silly Morehamhead, his nine year old bride, and the knights who say ni!

warriorlawyer on February 19, 2007 at 4:54 PM

Emmett J. on February 19, 2007 at 11:08 PM