I’m going offline the rest of the day, but had to blog this.
From fresco rage to book rage to film rage to beauty pageant rage to Koran-dropping rage to cartoon rage to Pope rage, it’s always something with the Religion of Perpetual Outrage (hat tip-Andrew Bostom via NY Daily News). Introducing…Bobblehead Rage:
A ceramic bobblehead doll of the Prophet Muhammed – created to resemble the infamous caricature published by a Danish newspaper – is being hawked online for $22.99 a pop by an ex-Marine.
The unapologetic creator, Timothy Ames, 28, said the bobblehead is similar to “dashboard Jesus” figurines that can be stuck with adhesive to flat surfaces. “I thought, ‘If they flipped out over some cartoons what will they do with a dashboard Muhammed?'” Ames said from his home in Hawaii.
But Islamic experts are not amused, saying the bobbleheads could anger Muslims, whose religion strictly prohibits depictions of the prophet.
“No depiction of the prophet, even if it is positive, should be made ever – and certainly not one as ridiculous as the bobblehead Muhammed,” said Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, an assistant professor at New York University. “I don’t think it’s about freedom of speech. This is the freedom to insult, which he shouldn’t be doing.”
Or else what, Professor Benite? Oh, never mind. We know:
Frank Peters, a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at NYU, warned that a bobblehead Muhammed was “a really bad idea.”
“Jews and Christians have gotten used to this kind of thing, but Muslims haven’t,” he said. “This may not be his intention, but these things have consequences.”
Timothy Ames is now a marked man. I will add him to my prayers.
Flashback: Take a tour through Zombie’s archive of Mo depictions throughout history.
Did you know it’s the one year anniversary of the publication of the Mo toons in the Jyllands-Posten?