Barack Obama told us that ‘ISIL is not Islamic’. Leaders of Muslim groups told us that ISIS is even ‘anti-Islamic’. Yet, the editor of a newspaper that published a cartoon that mocked ISIS may be facing the wrath of Islamic blasphemy laws.
— Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) December 12, 2014
According to a New York Times report:
The chief editor of a prominent Indonesian newspaper, the English-language Jakarta Post, has been summoned for questioning by the police for publishing a cartoon that depicted radical Islamists in Syria.
The editor, Meidyatama Suryodiningrat, is being treated as a suspect under a blasphemy law, according to a police spokesman quoted in the Indonesian news media on Friday.
The cartoon, which ran in the daily newspaper in July, shows militants raising a black flag emblazoned with a skull and crossbones and Arabic phrases, including, “There is none worthy of worship except Allah.” In the background was a white pickup truck and what appeared to be the imminent execution of a row of blindfolded people on their knees.
It was drawn by Stephane Peray, a French cartoonist based in Bangkok who syndicates his work. “Don’t want to talk about it,” Mr. Peray said by email.
Mr. Meidyatama was quoted in The Post on Friday as saying he was “amazed” at the suggestion of blasphemy because the cartoon was meant to criticize deviant Islam.
“What we produced was a journalistic piece that criticized the ISIS movement, which has carried out violence in the name of religion,” he was quoted as saying, referring to the Islamic State militant group.
Conservative Islamic groups protested when the cartoon was published, contending that it “strengthens the stigma that Islam represents senseless murderers,” according to Haris Amir Falah, one protest leader.
The newspaper issued an apology and a retraction. It is unclear why the case, which staff members at the newspaper said they assumed had been dropped, is now being pursued.
If ISIS is NOT Islamic and a cartoonist is mocking the group, shouldn’t true Muslims support the cartoonist? That they are doing the opposite should at least ignite some synapses in the critical thinking portion of a few brains.
As for the larger issue of blasphemy laws that target speech, this is exactly what the “Istanbul Process” is all about, which is also what the 57-member OIC attempted to do with the “Innocence of Muslims” video after the Benghazi attacks, as Shoebat.com reported.