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posted at 10:40 pm on March 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”


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You want some cheese with that?

darclon on March 5, 2008 at 10:43 PM

I haven’t even had dinner yet and already the last post of the day? Sucks.

How about getting a West Coaster on the Hot Air team?

Nessuno on March 5, 2008 at 10:46 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

Do you know what Tzetzes is doing right now?
He’s playing the world’s smallest violin.

Tzetzes on March 5, 2008 at 10:47 PM

And the ‘right’ to be outraged must not be used to make heads rolls. Freak.

Tony737 on March 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Did the human right not be offended get laid out in the Magna Carta or something? Just trying to figure out where people think this right comes from.

p0s3r on March 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

Why, precisely, not?

29Victor on March 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

For this, and these, great Americans, and others, have fought and died, and will continue to.

And still, the meek will never inherit the Earth.

Entelechy on March 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Funny, I don’t ever see any Muslims weeping over people exercising free speech; I only see them burning flags, effigies, embassies. I don’t see them shedding tears; I see them threatening to shed blood.

Their continued protests are the clearest reason for the continued defense and exercise of freedom of speech.

darii on March 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Update: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will cause me to kill you.

NNtrancer on March 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Update: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will cause me to kill you.

NNtrancer on March 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Exactly. Funny, but all too true.

darii on March 5, 2008 at 10:50 PM

Muslims cry? I don’t think so…not when they can “avenge Allah & his prophet” instead.

jgapinoy on March 5, 2008 at 10:50 PM

I haven’t even had dinner yet and already the last post of the day? Sucks.

LOL. It’s amazing how well-conditioned AP has all of us. “Quote of the Day” means it’s bedtime for AP.

lorien1973 on March 5, 2008 at 10:51 PM

WAAAAAAAH!

desertdweller on March 5, 2008 at 10:51 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

Okay, how about tear gas.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

Religion must not be used to kill Jews or Americans.

Chakra Hammer on March 5, 2008 at 10:57 PM

Hmmm, cry must be Arabic for ‘chop your head off’.

4shoes on March 5, 2008 at 10:58 PM

For this, and these, great Americans, and others, have fought and died, and will continue to.

And still, the meek will never inherit the Earth.

Entelechy on March 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

I disagree, Entelechy. I think we’re in Afghanistan to slaughter the men who organized to kill Americans, and nothing else. Bush has never dedicated the resources to do the full “rebuild Afghanistan for the Afghan people” schtick that he plays in Iraq.

I know a lot of our soldiers and the Brits talk about how they are helping the people there, and that’s all good and well, but we went there to kill Talibani, and nothing more.

Jaibones on March 5, 2008 at 11:02 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

Sounds like a Hallmark card.

Limerick on March 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 5, 2008 at 10:54 PM

or napalm

boomer on March 5, 2008 at 11:04 PM

Dear Billion Muslims,

The Middle Ages were awesomely great times for all, but hard as it was for us, the rest of us have left all the famine, killings and plagues behind and moved on.

Wish you were here,

Sane People of Earth

fogw on March 5, 2008 at 11:05 PM

And the lefties complain about us exporting American-style democracy over there…if only!

CP on March 5, 2008 at 11:08 PM

And we give up our blood and treasure so Muslims in Afghanistan can say this. This is what we nurture and protect. Hard to know which Muslims are the ROP kind and the other kind. One you pay tribute to and the other you pay aid to.

BL@KBIRD on March 5, 2008 at 11:10 PM

I can’t wait til one day these muslim countries are full fledged democracies. Then I can sue to put a regular hand sink in their footbath area.

THE CHOSEN ONE on March 5, 2008 at 11:12 PM

“Afghanistan is a Muslim nation where criticism of Muhammad and the Quran is a serious crime that carries the death sentence.”

Since the film is to be shown in The Netherlands, which has not yet been annexed by Afghanistan, I fail to see the problem. Dim the house lights!

shaken on March 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

Heck Nessuno, I just put dinner in the oven.

I guess no body could have not see this coming, yes? A Fitna and a Konniption from the uber ultra-sensitive religion of peace.

Kini on March 5, 2008 at 11:13 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

In the Islamic culture, “cry” also means: To Cry (ask) for blood.

I guess the other way to fight Islamic terrorism is to keep on fighting it without mentioning its name. That will make the Muslims more comfortable.

Let’s call it:

1 – War on Camels.

2 – War on Horses.

3 – War on Sands.

4 – War on Drugs.

5 – War on War.

But don’t call it:

1 – War on Terror.

2 – War on Islamic terrorism.

3 – War on Jihadists.

4 – War on Islamic extremism.

5 – War on Al-Qaeda.

You have to be sensitive.

Don’t hurt you’re enemy’s feelings please.

Thank you very much.

Indy Conservative on March 5, 2008 at 11:14 PM

Don’t be picky please…

Don’t hurt you’re enemy’s feelings please.

Don’t hurt your….

Or I’ll behead you.

Indy Conservative on March 5, 2008 at 11:15 PM

The earth has 8 billion people in which 7 billion are non muslim.

Who should be worried about insulting whom ?

William Amos on March 5, 2008 at 11:20 PM

demanded that the UN and the OIC react to these “kinds of activities”.

And by these “kind of activities”, you mean the exercise of freedom of speech?

but suggested Danish newspapers abused freedom of expression when they reprinted the cartoons three weeks ago.

Translation: An abuse of free speech is speech not approved of by Muslims.

amerpundit on March 5, 2008 at 11:25 PM

“Hard to know which Muslims are the ROP kind and the other kind.” – BL@KBIRD

That goes for both foreign and domestic…

From the A.P.: NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A former Navy sailor from Phoenix was convicted Wednesday of leaking information about the movements and vulnerabilities of ships in his battle group to suspected terrorism supporters. In their second day of deliberations, jurors convicted Hassan Abu-Jihaad, 32, of providing material support to terrorists and disclosing classified national defense information. He faces up to 25 years in federal prison when he is sentenced May 23. He showed no visible emotion as the verdict was read Wednesday.

Oh, he’s ‘from’ Phoenix? Where is he ORIGINALLY from? Or is JIHAAD his NEW name since he converted?

Tony737 on March 5, 2008 at 11:29 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion
Muslims cry”.

How about we only make the 91 Million Radical muslims cry!

canopfor on March 5, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Tony737 on March 5, 2008 at 11:29 PM

His original name was Paul R. Hall. It’s hard to tell what Americans see in this ideology.
I guess we’ll never know, since it would be offensive to put undercover agents in a mosque to figure out what kind of poison they are putting into the minds of our citizens.

joewm315 on March 5, 2008 at 11:34 PM

Pot meet kettle.

Johan Klaus on March 5, 2008 at 11:34 PM

Indy Conservative on March 5, 2008 at 11:14 PM

You forgot “crusade”!

jdkchem on March 5, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Well we lost in Afghanistan. Awesome.

amkun on March 5, 2008 at 11:40 PM

Just a tad O/T,but when Midnight Express movie came out,
there was a lot of westerners crying that their freedom
was taken.But more importantly I wished when I seen this
movie in the theatre’s,I would of seen the light, what was in store from these Muslim countries!

canopfor on March 5, 2008 at 11:42 PM

“Knives must not be used to behead everyone you disagree with”

EnochCain on March 5, 2008 at 11:44 PM

‘… he called the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 a “martyrdom operation” and praised “the men who have brong (sic) honor … in the lands of jihad Afghanistan, Bosnia, Chechnya, etc.”‘

“BRONG”? Usually a dumbazz who doesn’t use the word ‘brought’ will say “brung”. Looks to me like islam recruits morons who’re too stupid to think for themselves.

Tony737 on March 5, 2008 at 11:45 PM

More than 200 lawmakers shouted “Death to the enemies of Islam” during an angry demonstration outside the Afghan parliament protesting the reprinting of a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad in Denmark and an upcoming Dutch film criticizing the Quran.

Could be worse. If it were the ACLU, we’d really be in trouble.

Kini on March 5, 2008 at 11:47 PM

Meh…….. “Spy” vs “Spy“…

Who knew?

Seven Percent Solution on March 5, 2008 at 11:48 PM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

If freedom of speech did not already exist that would be more than a good enough reason to imlement it.

Long live Freedom of Speech!

MB4 on March 5, 2008 at 11:49 PM

The lawmakers from the upper and lower houses of parliament chanted and pounded their fists in the air, urging the Danish and Dutch governments to prevent blasphemy against Islam.”

Why don’t you guys fight back by making a movie showing how nasty Amsterdam’s Red Light District is?

Tony737 on March 5, 2008 at 11:52 PM

It amazes me that this kind of thing bothers them more than the sectarian violence, the poverty, the famine, the disease, the lack of toilet paper usage…Priorities people!

Grayson on March 5, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Could be worse…
Kini on March 5,2008 at 11:47PM.

Kini: How’s your supper!,and yes with the ACLU we all
would be in trouble,thankfully they don’t have a
branch in Canada!

canopfor on March 5, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Meanwhile an international organization of Muslim intellectuals has threatened to mobilize “millions of Muslims all over the World” to boycott Danish and Norwegian products unless the Danish and Norwegian government condemn the publication of the cartoons

You’d think they would be the World Superpower by now. Ya think?

Kini on March 5, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Do you know what Tzetzes is doing right now?

He’s playing the world’s smallest violin.

Tzetzes on March 5, 2008 at 10:47 PM

If you can see your violin without using a high powered electronic microscope and can play it without using a microscopic fiddle, it is not the smallest.

MB4 on March 5, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Yeah, I got yer boo friggin hoo right here.

bbz123 on March 5, 2008 at 11:56 PM

“… thankfully they don’t have a
branch in Canada!”
– canopfor

SSSSHHHHHHhhhhhhh!! Don’t give ‘em any ideas!

Tony737 on March 5, 2008 at 11:57 PM

Indy Conservative on March 5, 2008 at 11:14 PM

You forgot “crusade”!

jdkchem on March 5, 2008 at 11:37 PM

You got it.

I can go on and on.

But don’t call it:

1 – War on Turbans.

Someone was beheaded because of this.

2 – The Enlightenment of The Orient by The Freedom-Lovers.

Because they will think that you want to see their women naked.

3 – Counter-Jihad.

Because you are not authorized to use that word…”Jihad.”

But you can call it:

1 – Operation Camel-Jockey.

2 – Operation Hump.

3 – War of the Dates. (Only experts on Arab culture will understand this one).

Indy Conservative on March 5, 2008 at 11:57 PM

Why don’t you guys fight back by making a movie showing
how nasty Amsterdam’s Red Light District is?

Tony737 on March 5,2008 at 11:52PM.

Tony737: Tony, I watched a documentry,I think it was TLC,
about their red light district,they had a parking
lot setup,where it was monitered.You had a 1/2
hour or so to complete the dirty deed.

You would cruise by,like a bus shelter,picked
him or her,then head for your parking spot.

Good lord,you would think,Amsterdam would be
Jihadys number 1 target!

canopfor on March 6, 2008 at 12:04 AM

canopfor on March 5, 2008 at 11:54 PM

Aloha my Canadian friend! Dinner was great!

OK, no ACLU, but Canada’s Star Chamber at least. Oh, er…. never mind..

Midnight Express I think really shows the brutality of the Arab Muslim society. Even though the movie was placed in Morocco, I think, if it were anywhere else, say Singapore, well, it’s lights out.

But I digress….

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 12:04 AM

If something I say can make a billion Muslims cry, that says a hell of a lot more about the Muslims than it does about me. And this guy thinks he’s defending Islam?

Socratease on March 6, 2008 at 12:06 AM

joewm315 on March 5, 2008 at 11:34 PM

From 2000 and 2001. Before 9/11. And this is the first time I’ve heard about this particular case, I think. I wonder how many other cases are still pending from that time period.

Connie on March 6, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Cry or die. Your choice.

SouthernGent on March 6, 2008 at 12:10 AM

But I digress..
Kini on March 6,2008 at 12:04AM.

Kini:We got the Star Chamber,talk about a surreal,
Orwell 1984 actuall took place here,I still
can’t believe in all countries we would treat
our citizens or American’s that way!

canopfor on March 6, 2008 at 12:10 AM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”
Why, precisely, not?

29Victor on March 5, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Precisely because you are an infidel, 29Victor. You and every other non Muslim are dung. Unworthy of respect, love, any kind of equal treatment at all.

Understand this: We non Muslims don’t even have the right to question a Muslim, much less criticise them. Your question deserves death in their worldview.

Skidd on March 6, 2008 at 12:21 AM

canopfor, sort of OT, but….

The last time I was down on lower Yonge Street in Toronto about a year ago on my way to dinner at the CN tower and I was amazed at the amount of Middle eastern Arabic shops down there. Even at the New York Canada border, the amount of veils was extraordinary, IMHO.

How far we’ve come…. just to have our laws twisted against us.

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 12:26 AM

Skidd on March 6, 2008 at 12:21 AM

So…., better than you…, right? /sarc

You nailed it dude.

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 12:30 AM

Even at the New York Canada border, the amount of veils was extraordinary, IMHO.

How far we’ve come…. just to have our laws twisted against us.

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 12:26 AM

And to think I took 5 years of French because of the New York/Canada border.

Connie on March 6, 2008 at 12:39 AM

The Muslim throngs that bay at the sky are not arguing a precise grievance. They have been instructed to seethe on cue. It’s all about general intimidation not specific objection.

BL@KBIRD on March 6, 2008 at 12:45 AM

Connie on March 6, 2008 at 12:39 AM

You could say Quebec’ers have a better sense of national pride.
Except they’re as self loathing as much as our Berkeley folk are.

Heck, Lawyers Guns and Bullets….

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 12:51 AM

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 12:51 AM

You summed that up well. But *just daamn,* I want to like them.

Connie on March 6, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Connie on March 6, 2008 at 1:01 AM

Yeah, me too…. Grands de l’alimentation à Montréal

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 1:09 AM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

Because these billion muslims are clearly pig-shagging fags

LimeyGeek on March 6, 2008 at 1:13 AM

LimeyGeek on March 6, 2008 at 1:13 AM

At least lacking a good sense of humor.

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 1:16 AM

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 1:16 AM

They laugh at burning American soldiers…I have no idea what would qualify as ‘a sense of humour’ in their medieval little world.

These people are confirming that there is perhaps a grand purpose to extinction. Maybe via nuclear means.

LimeyGeek on March 6, 2008 at 1:26 AM

Too bad they can’t channel all that energy. Nah!! So many heads to lop off, so little time.

evenkeel on March 6, 2008 at 1:30 AM

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 1:16 AM

By the way – love your website! :)

I long to explore Hawaii

LimeyGeek on March 6, 2008 at 1:31 AM

I’d be investing in Kleenex, except they never do seem to cry.

Scream, burn, rage, destroy, smash, pillage, overturn, shoot, behead, explode and ransack, yes.

Cry… not so much.

profitsbeard on March 6, 2008 at 1:35 AM

LimeyGeek on March 6, 2008 at 1:26 AM

Agreed, Islam has been a problem for centuries. There was a time, long long ago, when brilliant minds created some of the worlds greatest mathematicians and philosophers. Indeed, Muslim contribution to Science, Mathematics, Astronomy, and Philosophy in the Middle Ages were truly once tremendous.

That was then, this is now…. it’s as if their society, religion and culture failed to keep up with history. Instead, it perverted itself into the monster of all evils.

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 1:44 AM

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 1:44 AM

Quite so. The islamic empire of old was the preeminent source of science and technology. Only an educated historian could describe its stagnation over the last thousand years.

But stagnate it has. If evolutionary theory has any merit, even in the abstract, then islam is destined for extinction.

Why should we deny the opportunity to facilitate its predictable demise? The ‘evolved’ survive while the failures perish.

LimeyGeek on March 6, 2008 at 2:12 AM

What’s the old NFL commerical?

“Cry, little boy, cry! You ain’t ready for me!”

irishspy on March 6, 2008 at 2:44 AM

If the river was whiskey, and I was a duck, I’d swim to the bottom and never come up.

That having been said about Muslim crocodile tears, Allah, would you please stop posting LA Times articles. I will not register to read that bizarre, leftist, BS.

pat on March 6, 2008 at 2:58 AM

“Afghanistan is a Muslim nation where criticism of Muhammad and the Quran is a serious crime that carries the death sentence.”

Germany was a Fascist nation where criticism of Hitler and Mein Kampf was a serious crime that carried the death sentence.

Shirotayama on March 6, 2008 at 3:25 AM

For a culture that touts itself as so “courageous” and “resiliant”, these guys come off as the biggest bunch of whiny p*****s on the planet.

C’mon!

They say they “love death more than we love life” but then they incessently whine like a bunch of five year olds about how much everything the rest of us do offends them.

SuperCool on March 6, 2008 at 3:36 AM

And still, the meek will never inherit the Earth.

Yeah huh :) But people will never get it done by themselves. Or that’s the way it looks to me. People != Self-Perfecting, therefore (my) Vote != Democrat.

I don’t mind if some cultures never get the idea that people are free to criticize (everything) for important reasons, but I wish our culture still got it. If we are going to agree to disagree, fine–but I would like to go ahead and wear a T-shirt with Mohammed’s face on it over here where I live. I remember Michelle had the auditorium address hijacked not long ago (I think it was during the In Defense of Internment circuit?) by free-speech-enthusiasts that kind-of sort-of missed the point.

Axe on March 6, 2008 at 4:31 AM

“Freedom of speech must not be used to make a billion Muslims cry.”

Ah, yes, such is the rage of those for whom the goat has long ago left the family farm and joined the family tree.

It must be frustrating waiting so long for 72 raisins.

(“What, no virgins?!”)

Lockstein13 on March 6, 2008 at 5:15 AM

profitsbeard on March 6, 2008 at 1:35 AM

Except in front of a TV camera.

Kini on March 6, 2008 at 1:44 AM

Not exactly. It was the Moors who brought such knowledge to Europe. Their religion had nothing to do with it.

OldEnglish on March 6, 2008 at 6:01 AM

It’s hard to tell what Americans see in this ideology.

People crave discipline, especially in such a loose society. Most join the Armed Forces.

aengus on March 6, 2008 at 6:09 AM

We expect adherents of new cult groups such Heaven’s Gate & Aum Shinrikyo to have values and act in ways that are contrary to ordinary human nature. We expect this becaise they are as brainwashed and conditioned to divorce themselves from logic and get super protective of the cult.

We don’t bracket Islam with wacko death cults, because a) it’s an old religion and b) many of its believers are normal.

Yet practiced properly, Islam is as scary and divorced from reality as any new age death cult. This is never more obvious than when their prophet or holy book is criticised.

Of course members of all religions can get offended – deeply offended, but the cult-like, brainwashy nature of an Islamic upbringing is in a different stratosphere to ordinary religious grievance.

Deny the holocaust, suppress a Buddhist sect or make a work of art depicting Jesus with urine, and expect a torrent of well reasoned, argument. Expect petitions. Maybe a civil lawsuit or a non-violent protest.

Denigrate Mohammed and you’ll get all that, plus the cult-like aspects. The violence, the burning of effigies, the murders and deaths.

This is because, after the extremes of an Islamic upbringing, even a slight perceived insult to the Prophet is far worse than someone punching their granny in the face.

Holding something sacred is fine, but when it skews your values to that extend is is messed up. Out of sync with daily reality. Dangerous.

Perhaps some of this reaction is also down to shock value. the new era of global communication means that previously detached peasants in Afghanistan & Pakistan get to hear about these things, yet haven’t learned how to cope.

This is all the more reason to not shy away from free speech. It is they that need to be desensitized, not us that need to show “sensitive restraint”. Why? Because we are right and they are wrong.

uptight on March 6, 2008 at 6:41 AM

well they make me cry when they preach hate, kill innocents, blow up cafes, buses, trains, brainwash children, and fly planes into buildings, so not much sympathy from me if this film hurts their precious feelings

Keli on March 6, 2008 at 6:42 AM

OK, Let’s give them all the F%$#ing JIHAD they can stand!!!!

jimbo2008 on March 6, 2008 at 7:14 AM

Awwwww, c’mere Achmed, Sgt Rock has a nice warm shoulder for you to cry on.

Alden Pyle on March 6, 2008 at 7:41 AM

…this is what it sounds like when doves muslims cry … BOOM BANG BOOM KABOOM

–the artist formerly known as Prince Abdul.

redrock on March 6, 2008 at 8:26 AM