Reposted from September 24, 2012. Cum taces, clamas.
In brief, any Westerner can buy a Koran for a dollar and burn it, while any Muslim with a platform can transform that act into a fighting offense. As passions rise on both sides of the democratized Western / Muslim divide, Western provocateurs and Islamist hotheads have found each other and confrontations occur with increasing frequency.
Which prompts this question: What would happen if publishers and managers of major media reached a consensus, “Enough of this intimidation, we will publish the most famous Danish Muhammad cartoon every day until the Islamists tire out and no longer riot”? What would happen if instances of Koran burning happened recurrently?
Would repetition inspire institutionalization, generate ever-more outraged responses, and offer a vehicle for Islamists to ride to greater power? Or would it lead to routinization, to a wearing out of Islamists, and a realization that violence is counter-productive to their cause?
I predict the latter, that a Muhammad cartoon published each day, or Koranic desecrations on a quasi-regular basis, will make it harder for Islamists to mobilize Muslim mobs. Were that the case, Westerners could once again treat Islam as they do other religions – freely, to criticize without fear. That would demonstrate to Islamists that Westerners will not capitulate, that they reject Islamic law, that they are ready to stand up for their values.
So, this is my plea to all Western editors and producers: display the Muhammad cartoon daily until the Islamists get used to the fact that we turn sacred cows into hamburger.
I think this is great idea, but it makes more sense to me cut out the middleman. This is war, and there are two ways to fight it. Either sane Muslims can wake up to the reality of human indomitability, or craven opportunists like Barack and Bibi can use the intransigence of the insane Muslims as a pretext for nuking Tehran.
So here is my recipe to help sane Muslims keep their religion inside their own skulls, which is the only place it can ever exist:
1. Take one Koran (why not a cheap one?) and burn it to ashes in an old pot.
2. Pour hot bacon grease over the ashes and mix well.
3. Fry over high heat until the whole mess is bubbling like a lake of fire.
4. Drizzle the Koran ’n’ bacon fat sauce into a hole half full of dog shit.
5. Fill the hole and then, for good measure, piss on the dirt at that spot.
Got guts? Make a movie of your theological demonstration and post it on YouTube. One a day? Why not fifty a day? Why not a hundred? Why not thousands and thousands of dishes of Koran flambé, until insane Muslims learn to keep their religion to themselves?
The intent is not to insult Muslims but to help them get a grip on the incontrovertible facts of nature: You cannot dominate other people, nor can your “all powerful” crybaby god. Get used to it.
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