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Pakistan Bans Facebook Over Muhammad Drawings

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Posted on May 19, 2010
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Pakistanis will have to do their poking elsewhere for now: Islamabad blocked access to the social networking site altogether over a Facebook-fueled movement called “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day!” which urges the public to create and share images of the Prophet Muhammad.

The top Google-ranked Facebook page associated with “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day!” says it is intended to “show the extremists that threaten to harm people because of their Mohammad depictions, that we’re not afraid of them. That they can’t take away our right to freedom of speech by trying to scare us to silence.”

Inspired by death threats made to “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” has been set for Thursday.

According to Wikipedia, both the Seattle cartoonist who originally conceived of “Everybody Draw Mohammad Day” and “the man who created the first Facebook page promoting the May 20 event disassociated themselves from it. Nonetheless, planning for the protest continued with others taking up the cause.”

Los Angeles Times:

Efforts such as Facebook’s “Draw Muhammad” campaign, however, “hurt us very badly, very seriously,” said Pakistani Information Technology Secretary Najibullah Malik.

“They should have regard for sentiments of Muslims, and they should not repeat such displays,” Malik said on Pakistani television. “They should know that if they are going to do such activities, certainly their business will suffer.”

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By A Khokar, May 21, 2010 at 3:11 am Link to this comment

Dear Friends,

RAE says:
[I wonder why. When a group of people, large or small, cannot or will not stop acting like stunned sheep and get up off their knees to assert themselves in a sensible, peaceful, academic and productive way instead of going crazy-mad over some real or perceived insult of their “holy prophet” then, I’m sorry, they set themselves up to be used and abused.]

This is a matter of understanding what all this hullabaloo of protesters chanting slogans is against the drawing of caricature of their prophet.

This is also to be dug out that why after all; in the western society; every now and then the Islamist issue keeps on surfacing in such intimidating form which clearly shows the intent to stir the very bases of belief of Muslims.

It is thought that Freedom of Speech is a rebuttal to the notion that one should go limp in the clinches precisely because Islamists bullies can punch or terrorize to blow up.

But what about; if ‘Every Body is asked to draw Holocaust’. Where as in the west even uttering a single word about the Holocaust is vehemently suppressed and is a punishable crime. The trumpeters of freedom Speech will be found; mum on the subject.

The very idea of Freedom of Speech is—- its application as a tool of defence and to target at the core of painfully incompetent authorities at delivering on the promise of freedom, tolerance, and equal rights—- not in Muslim world only but—all over in the world particularly called as Christian domain.

But question still haunts that why the commoners it he streets of Muslim world is found so affront, agitated?

This is a different story that Islam predicts for them that sooner or later the mankind has to submit to Islam at its summit. They being the custodian of the glorious Book of Quran feel obliged, as the chosen one to strive hard in the way of God and make all possibel moves to make their God happy and be counted as blessed ones. the famous Tehrik life KHilafa etc.

But there is other most cilling aspect too; which is most compelling that they see that although the Colonial Raj of dominance has since departed from their lands and their is no more a physical subjugation of the oppressors but while sitting on the most lucrative economic resources of the world but financially they are still tied in the bondages of world banks and rigmarole of IMF etc.

They also find that same old colonial Empire is again seen on it rampage and on its revist.

Resistance to ward off oppressors is but natural.

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By motopilot, May 20, 2010 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Why are Muslims not denouncing the Islamist terrorists among themselves as much as those who draw cartoons of their prophet?  I rather doubt anyone would care about drawing their prophet if they did so.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, May 20, 2010 at 8:17 am Link to this comment

A. Khokar and those who share that view:

This is not a story that you can neatly place in your narrative of “oppression at the
hands of superpowers”. Nor is this simply a case of the western infidels poking at the
things you hold sacred.

This is matter of free speech. Think about it. Some in the west may ridicule your
beliefs, but no one is denying you the right to those beliefs. While those of Muslim
countries, with their death threats and bans, are denying others the right to free
speech.

We have an expression here: “sticks and stones can break my bones but names can
never hurt me”.

As long as the Muslim world keeps using sticks and stones they can not claim to be
the victim.

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By RAE, May 20, 2010 at 7:51 am Link to this comment

To A Kohkar

“...it shows a helplessness and the weakness on the part of demonstrators…”

This is the way the world works:

The strong, intelligent and quick become the masters of the weak, stupid and slow. It isn’t fair but one thing’s for sure… all the complaining and protesting on the planet won’t change this.

You write: “...the entire Muslim world happens to be in the grip of Western powers…”

I wonder why. When a group of people, large or small, cannot or will not stop acting like stunned sheep and get up off their knees to assert themselves in a sensible, peaceful, academic and productive way instead of going crazy-mad over some real or perceived insult of their “holy prophet” then, I’m sorry, they set themselves up to be used and abused.

The Tortoise and the Hare is one of many fairy tales taught to children, as are most religions. If, after you grow up, it makes you feel better to follow one of them like you were taught, then I hope you enjoy the never-ending angst, guilt and self-imposed ridicule that comes along with that choice.

When I want to feel good I have a massage.

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By lee, May 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment
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Exposed: Israeli was behind Muslim ‘extremist group’
Written by (Author ) World Apr 28, 2010
A Popular American cartoon show, South Park, which is no stranger to controversy, recently censored a show because they received death threats from a Muslim group.
The right wing media jumped at the chance to further demonise Muslims by highlighting the story as much as possible, but what they failed to tell you is that the Radical Muslim group that made the threats was apparently founded and run by Joseph Cohen, a former Israeli Radical who use to live in a settlement in the West Bank. Joseph Cohen (aka Yousef al-Khattab) apparently:
“Grew up in a Jewish neighborhood in New York and attending a orthodox rabbinical school in Israel, Joseph Cohen went to live in a settlement in the West Bank to help steal Palestinian land from Palestinians. His story is that he “converted” to Islam after meeting someone in a chat room.”
This is not the first time people have masqueraded as Muslims to demonise them and it probably won’t be the last. What is criminal is how the media lap up the story without checking facts and then failing to apologise. One only has to look at the media attention thrown at Al Muhajiroon and the recent Glen Jenvey/Sun saga.

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By A Khokar, May 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

To protest is; ones feels displeased; disapproves certain action and starts rally around to expressing grievance against the accesses of someone who happens to be a oppressor and is keeping an upper hand.

The Protest like we have in Pakistan is against the provocative publication and drawing of cartoon of Holly prophet of Muslims but these protests do not carry any ultimatum nor can be called a rebellion————-rather it shows a helplessness and the weakness on the part of demonstrators that their provokes they know that Muslims do not have the ability or the resources to pre-empt any counterattack in equal coins.

From western Africa, Middle East to the Far East, the entire Muslim world happens to be in the grip of Western powers and their oppressors’ forces are in occupation of their lands on one pretext or the other and they find themselves subservient.

It is high time that Muslims they stand up for their freedom and know that this world belongs to the people; who possess knowledge, can lay hand on the economical resources and bear innovative mind—- and have got the media in their control.

Captives and lackeys are rarely found architect of their own fate.

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By PatrickHenry, May 19, 2010 at 5:15 pm Link to this comment

My daughters cell phone puts caricatures on cell phone pictures.  Often unflattering.

These religious nuts got to let up and publishers should become more responsible.

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By RAE, May 19, 2010 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment

I apologize in advance for any typos… it’s just that I’m laughin so hard I can hardly see for the tears flooding my eyes.

It is completely beyond my comprehension that in this day and age so many millions willingly CHOOSE to handicap themselves with nonsense such as this.

This is right up there with the “if you don’t do what I want I’ll hurt myself” mentality. To which I would immediately reply: I’ll get you the (knife) (gun) (baseball bat) (poison).

Absolute morons.

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By mike112769, May 19, 2010 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

“Efforts such as Facebook’s “Draw Muhammad” campaign, however, “hurt us very badly, very seriously,” said Pakistani Information Technology Secretary Najibullah Malik.

“They should have regard for sentiments of Muslims, and they should not repeat such displays,” Malik said on Pakistani television. “They should know that if they are going to do such activities, certainly their business will suffer.”

Muslims should have regards for our sentiments. If you don’t want to see muhammad, don’t log on. Getting upset because of a picture is ridiculous, but then so is islam.

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