In May, 2015, U.S.-based ISIS conspirator Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, got upset about a Draw Mohammed contest taking place in Garland, Texas. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Abdul helped two others plot a terrorist attack. His two heavily armed accomplices, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, died in the shootout with police outside the building.
He maintains he’s innocent calling his prosecution a “misguided effort” adding, “I feel as though I have been charged stereotypically” and “The Koran does not direct anyone to act out in violence.”
Since I covered the contest for The Rebel and was there as events unfolded, the story of his sentencing caught my eye. I’m also struck by the timing given what’s occurring in Canada right now with the odious M-103 motion.
That motion could pave the way for outlawing “Islamophobia” despite the term not being defined and in that sense, it’s scarier than those Three Sharia Stooges who hit the Curtis Culwell Center almost two years ago.
It’s one thing for a handful of Islamist thugs to put the brakes on free speech, but quite another for elected officials in a western democracy to do so via ill-defined legislation.
Before M-103 becomes entrenched in law forbidding all criticism of Islam, even by Muslims, I thought I’d share the entry I submitted at that Draw Mohammed Contest.
My cartoon, meant as commentary on the fallout that occurs WHENEVER caricatures of the prophet are published, depicts a dove decked-out in a suicide vest chirping like a cuckoo. He’s springing forth from Mohammed’s turban while the background is consumed in flames.
As we’ve seen all too often, critical debate of these cartoons typically culminates in an orgy of violence and bloodshed. Unlike Christianity and Judaism, Islam has yet to undergo a reformation, and disturbingly, much of the Islamic world is illiterate.
These ingredients set the stage for a perfect storm in which frenzied rioters take to the streets hell-bent on death and destruction over a perceived insult.
So, enjoy this little illustration and others like it while you still can as our elected officials make Islamophobia a criminal offence, because people like me in the not-too-distant future might be deemed enemies of the state, never to be heard from again.