Owing to Fear of Fatwa …

From the Daily Cartoonist:

Universal Uclick has confirmed that several papers (upwards of 20) have asked for a replacement for this Sunday’s Non Sequitur because it mentions the word “Muhammad.” The cartoon by Wiley Miller depicts a lazy, sunny park scene with the caption, “Picture book title voted least likely to ever find a publisher… ‘Where’s Muhammad?'” Characters in the park are buying ice cream, fishing, roller skating, etc. No character is depicted as even Middle Eastern….

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Just so you know: There is no sect of Islam that prohibits the use of the name Muhammad in text. Pulling this cartoon is not only an act of gratuitous fear, but it is also an admission of defeat and a demonstration of stupidity.

We don’t want to offend anyone, so no more of this!

Comments

  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    October 3, 2010

    It must be because it is offensive to Hippos???

  2. #2 Ed S.
    October 3, 2010

    Censored. Thereby confirming the point of the cartoon.

  3. #3 SimonG
    October 3, 2010

    The irony is stunning.

  4. #4 Spanish Inquisitor
    October 3, 2010

    The terrorists have won.

  5. #5 LarianLeQuella
    October 3, 2010

    Pulling this cartoon is not only an act of gratuitous fear, but it is also an admission of defeat and a demonstration of stupidity.

    Actually, I think I would reckon that the pulling of this cartoon is attributable to 100% pure, unadulterated STUPIDITY…

  6. #6 Joshua Zelinsky
    October 3, 2010

    And of course the requisite remark that has to occur at this point:

    The following is a depiction Muhammad (and not Muhammad Ali or anything like that but the Muhammad who lived about 1400 years ago and claimed to be a prophet):

    O|-<

  7. #7 Mediajackal
    October 3, 2010

    Out of curiosity — certainly with no malice aforethought — which papers have caved in?

  8. #8 Glendon Mellow
    October 4, 2010

    How far will the fear go? Is the west giving up freedom of speech?

  9. #9 Gibson
    October 4, 2010

    After not finding him anywhere else in the drawing, I assumed he was in the portapotty….

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