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Written by: Diana West
Sunday, February 24, 2008 2:45 PM 


After police in Denmark discovered a plot to assassinate Kurt Westergaard, one of the 12 Danish Mo-toon creators (his is above), he and his wife had to abandon their home last November. Earlier this month, after Danish police arrested his three potential assassins, Westergaard and his wife were asked to leave their police-protected hotel. Now, reports Der Spiegel, they are HOMELESS.

That's right. In the heart of Europe, an artist's life is threatened, his home-life destroyed, and now his sanctuary disrupted by what? Islam in the heart of Europe. And why? I'm going to answer by pulling a paragraph out of The Death of the Grown-Up (p. 204):

What Westergaard did in his caricature is something few writers have dared to do in words: He made visual reference to the copious historical and contemporary theological underpinnings of jihad and suicide bombings. When the widely influential Sheik Yusef al-Qaradawi can praise Mohammed as  "an epitome  for religious warriors  [muhajideen] ,"  Muhammed, a jihad model, shouldn't be a taboo  subject in the West, either in caricature or commentary, and certainly shouldn't be supersacralized, in effect, by a fearfully polite censorship. The subject should be laid out for all to see, but it isn't.

Andrew Bostom has much more about  ongoing efforts to supersacralize  Mohammed all over the world via "blasphemy" laws.

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