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This just isn’t respectful
Posted by: Dale Franks on Sunday, October 01, 2006

An ex-Marine is marketing a product that's sure to cause trouble.
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 doubt the more extreme members of the Religion of Peace™ will take this amiss.

That's not really the interesting bit, though. The interesting bit comes from this NYU professor:
"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."
He's all for freedom of appropriate speech, you see. You know, the good kind of speech. Why if you give people the freedom to espouse any old kind of speech, then unpleasant speech will start to occur.

Then where will we be? I ask you.
 
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You’ll note the paper didn’t print a picture of the offending bobblehead.
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
URL: http://jeffthebaptist.blogspot.com
Hence the problem with radicals, they cant stand opposing speech. You dont have to rave to be radical. Zvi Ben-Dor Benite is a radical.

Freedom of speech is EXACTLY the freedom to insult.
 
Written By: josh b
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"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.
Why not? I’m not bound by Sharia law. If I want to make a depiction of the prophet getting rutted by a pig, that’s my right pal.

And just who the f*ck is this little twit anyway? They certainly had to do a lot of scraping of the barrel to come up with the uber-important "assistant professor" at NYU.

I’m going to google this putz and send him my creation.

I’ve absolutely had it with people like this.
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
Well, I don’t care if it rains or freezes,
long as I got my ceramic bobblehead Profit Muhammed,
sittin’ on the dashboard of my car.

Comes in colors, pink and pleasant,
glows in the dark ’cause it’s iridescent,
take it with you when you travel far.

Get yourself a sweet Madonna,
dressed in rhinestones sittin’ on a
pedestal of abalone shell.

Goin’ ninety, I ain’t scary,
’cause I’ve got the Virgin Mary,
assurin’ me that I won’t go to Hell.
 
Written By: ChrisB
URL: http://
Nah, this is offensive. Fortunately, you can get a burkha for it.
 
Written By: Pablo
URL: http://
....great. Now there are going to be a small number of people turned into pez dispensers because of a bobblehead.
 
Written By: markm
URL: http://
Ah - let’s be clear on the distinction -
the bobblehead doll won’t turn anyone into a pez dispenser.

It’s the people who think they have a right to saw off people’s heads when they get offended that do that.

If they can get offended at the idea that someone created an image of Muhammed, then I ought to be able to get offended that someone tosses cigarette butts on my lawn, and lopping off some heads ought to be permissible to atone for that offense.

Or mocking the body thetans, also should be punishable by death, burning of embassies, rioting in the streets.




 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
LOL. That trademark for "Religion of Peace" kills me.

**********
"Or mocking the body thetans,"

Don’t give them any ideas!

***********
ChrisB
Thanks. I haven’t heard that in a while. Now I know the words.
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
He’s all for freedom of appropriate speech, you see. You know, the good kind of speech. Why if you give people the freedom to espouse any old kind of speech, then unpleasant speech will start to occur.
Well, this guy fits right into modern liberal arts departments.
 
Written By: Jordan
URL: http://
I want one!!!

I understand a newspaper deciding not to run something that won’t be impactful not to run, but could be bring on violence if they did run it. The reason I understand is that there is more to consider than one’s own personal safety. The disgusting thing is that when an editor of a major newspaper runs something that would certainly be offensive to violent Muslims, they are are putting every employee at the newspaper in jeopardy. Now I think that there are occasions when this is worth doing, and newspaper employees whould be aware of the risks.

But this guy has found a way to stick up his middle finger and endanger no one but the people who choose to purchase and display the item.

I have some gentle Muslim friends who would not behead me if I displayed, but it may be offensive in the way that having a unflattering caricature of Jesus might make a Christian uncomfortable (not violent), so I am not sure where I could display it, but I am thinking that I might put it on the shelf in my billiard room near the flag that was draped over my father’s coffin. I think he’d get a kick out of it.

Cap
 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
URL: http://
religion strictly prohibits depictions of the prophet
How do they know it the Bobblehead is a depiction of th Prophet ?

The wrapper, I presume.
 
Written By: Neo
URL: http://
The disgusting thing is that when an editor of a major newspaper runs something that would certainly be offensive to violent Muslims, they are are putting every employee at the newspaper in jeopardy.
The employees could always find some other employer. Besides, it’s the violent Muslims who are disgusting, not the editor.
 
Written By: Don
URL: http://
Yes, why isn’t it the people committing the crimes because of their foolish perception of insult that we’re condemning.
This isn’t like yelling ’fire’ in a crowded theatre. I may choose to draw Muhammed (and trust me, I’d have to put labels under it so you’d know what it was supposed to be), or not. But I’m not muslim, I’m not bound by their religious fixations any more than I’m bound to sacrifice chickens to keep practioniers of Santaria happy.
Just because they can’t control themselves, does that mean the rest of us should tip-toe around in fear of offending them in our countries?

Then too, if the media didn’t play it up so much, that would also help.
Hard to be offended if they don’t even know things they will be offended by are going on isn’t it?
 
Written By: looker
URL: http://
Then too, if the media didn’t play it up so much, that would also help.
Hard to be offended if they don’t even know things they will be offended by are going on isn’t it?
Danish muslims helped inflame the comic riots by traveling in Islamic countries with the comics in question, as well as several they themselves added (which where the worst ones).
 
Written By: Don
URL: http://
I believe that there is a phrase whichs sums up the whole issue:

"Fsck ’em, can’t take a joke."
 
Written By: bud
URL: http://
Zvi Ben-Dor Benite needs to find a new country.
 
Written By: Unknown
URL: http://
Is this guy Zvi whatsis one of those courageous liberals who dare to speak truth to power when it involves bashing Bush & co.? It’s amusing how conciliatory these folks are when the power grows out of the barrel of a gun and not a ballot box. It seems that sometimes the pen is not mightier than the sword.
 
Written By: timactual
URL: http://
Of all the things one could possibly do to improve America’s image in the world, and therefore decrease the number of people who wish to harm Americans... this is not one of them.
 
Written By: Nicolai
URL: http://www.nicolaibrown.com

 
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