For Those Who Want to Buy Muslim Swag…

You have your choice of this:

legomymohammed.jpg

Or this:

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The first one’s a joke (via My Confined Space)

The second one — Kurt Westergaard‘s famous Mohammed cartoon that made radical Muslims throw violent hissy fits around the world — is up for auction:

It could command great interest at auction. Auction houses, however, were voicing doubts about the wisdom of putting such a controversial item on sale.

“It’s too hot to handle,” said Franck Lombrail, an auctioneer in Paris. “It would represent a risk for the public at the sale,” he added.

Westergaard hopes that the cartoon is worth more than the £2,500 suggested by McNally. His wife, meanwhile, has proposed selling all of the Muhammad cartoons for £50,000 to “a rich Arabian oil sheikh” who could then burn them in Mecca. The cartoonists would get half of the money. The rest would be donated to needy Muslims.

The Freethinker offers a different solution:

We at the Freethinker that the price should be upped to £100-million, half going to the cartoonists in reparation for the death threats and insults they have suffered, and the rest to establish clinics in strategic places to help cure people of the devastating mental illness called Islam. There would then be far fewer needy Muslims once they are helped to shake off their medieval delusions and begin engaging far more positively with the real world.

I’d be surprised if the auction winner was open with his/her identity. With all the hell Westergaard has been through for drawing the cartoon, you have to wonder what the reaction would be against the person who wants the original.


[tags]atheist, atheism, Islam[/tags]

  • http://suitablydark.livejournal.com/ Dark

    I thought the first image was vaguely amusing until I went to the source site and skimmed through the comments thread. Ignorant, hateful bigots making fun of other ignorant, hateful bigots isn’t really that entertaining; it’s cringe-worthy. Sad to see a few atheists (or at least nonreligious individuals) joining in the “fun.”

  • Arlen

    The “mental illness called Islam?” Really?
    Not terrorism or violence or anti-Western jihadiam, but Islam?

  • http://synapostasy.blogspot.com Aaron Golas

    IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!

    Seriously, with the kind of cultural impact that illustration has had, the Smithsonian should make a bid.

  • Jen

    But we hardly want the Smithsonian to be blown up, now do we?

  • http://merelyadequate.net MonolithTMA

    Has anyone ever put Westergaard’s piece on a T-Shirt? Not that I would want one, as much as I believe he should have every right to create a cartoon like that, I’m not suicidal.

  • stogoe

    That Lego set is hawesome. I would buy one, totally.

    And yes, Islam is a mental illness. As are Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Scientology, and all the rest of them. Hallucinating fairies in the sky is not sane.

    But just as you can live with depression or anxiety or schizophrenia or being bipolar, you can survive and have a rich, fulfilling life even if you have religion.

  • http://thatatheistguysblog.blogspot.com NYCatheist

    The wife seems to be missing feet.

  • Maria

    LOL! here comes the Muslim hate mail…….

  • http://ozatheist.wordpress.com OzAtheist

    NYCatheist
    The wife seems to be missing feet.

    Perhaps they were blown off?


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