Friday, May 21, 2010

Zapiro attacked for publishing cartoon of Muhammad it's all so predictable!

Cartoonist Zapiro has been drawn into the furore around the depiction of the prophet Muhammad after Muslim groups tried to stop the publication of his cartoon.

The Jamiatul Ulama, an islamic theological body, on Thursday tried to prevent the Mail and Guardian from publishing the cartoon by filing an urgent application to the Johannesburg High Court.

The cartoon depicts the prophet lying down on a therapist's chair saying: "Other prophets have followers with a sense of humour!" Beside him is a newspaper with a headline reading: "Everybody draw Muhammad day". Behind him, a bespectacled therapist wearing a suit and bow tie is seen taking notes.

Jamiatul Ulama claim that the cartoon was offensive and could cause some violence, particularly in South Africa just before the World Cup.

The order, however, was not granted. The Jamiatul Ulama took the application to court on the same day that Pakistan's government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook amid anger over a page that encouraged users to post images of Prophet Muhammad.
People need to learn that if you ignore this kind of thing it goes away but as a religion if you keep attacking all and sundry it won't go away in fact people will keep challenging you. However I think this religion likes the controversy as it is actually publicity even though it is negative and probably in the long term doing more harm to there cause than good