It's a shame, but I'm actually pretty careful and modest with what I post about Muslims because I'd like to avoid the kind of attention generated by the recent discussion about religious cartoons at UC Irvine.

IRVINE, California (CNN) -- A controversy that has sparked violent demonstrations across the Middle East and Asia came to a U.S. college campus as a display of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed drew about 200 protesters. ...

Last week, members of the Muslim Student Union called upon College Republicans -- the student group co-sponsoring the event -- not to display the images, but the latter refused.

Another sponsor, the United American Committee, likened the demonstrations to "censorship by terrorism" in a statement on its Web site.

"Censorship by terrorism" is exactly right, because there's a barely-unspoken threat behind such protests that if you don't surrender there might be some "martyrs" headed your way. There wasn't any violence at this protest, but I don't remember any Muslim groups protesting over other events that could conceivably tarnish Allah's reputation, such as, oh, 9/11, the Madrid train bombings, the London train bombings, the Bali nightclub bombings, the genocide in Darfur, the various beheadings all over the world, the riots in Paris, the reigns of Saddam Hussein, the Taliban, and the Iranian mullahs, school bus bombings in Israel, the Beslan massacre, the USS Cole bombing, the first World Trade Center bombing, the destruction of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the yearly Hajj stampedes, attempted shoe bombings, the attempted bombing of LAX on New Year's Day, the planned destruction-by-plane of the Library Tower in Los Angeles, the drug lords in Afghanistan, and the mistreatment of women all over the world. Those things don't offend Allah?

The UC Irvine Islamic Student Union shares pretty much the same philosophy as the rest of the leftist academic establishment:

With Islamic Free Speech tolerance of others, it's only free speech until you say something the Muslims don't like. Then they burn down buildings, crash airplanes into crap all over the place, stampede and kill each other, chant "Death to USA," and dance in the streets when our countrymen are killed, protest, protest, and protest some more.

I was talking to a guy at school. He asked me what Diety I follow. I told him I believe in God. He said he was an atheist. You know what? I didn't crunch his car with a tire hammer, he didn't try to hang me in the school commons. Hmmm...

Muslims need to realize that cartoons are probably way down on the list of things Allah would be pissed off about.

Gary Aminoff points out that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) was invited to participate in the scheduled discussion panel, but decided to protest instead.

Little Green Footballs easily refutes the protesters' claims (strangely unreported by CNN) that the Allah cartoons are "similar to what happened to the Jews in Nazi Germany"... except for the death trains, concentration camps, and gas chambers I suppose.

Jon Fleischman attended the event and says that I'm not wrong to say that the threat of violence was barely unspoken.

Let me tell you, there was a ton of energy at this event, and I certainly realized that there is a significant group of folks in America who's primary allegiance isn't to America, but to their religion, and it was a solemn reminder of the importance of our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I will say, spending a lot of time outside watching the protestors, that the leader's of UCI's student Muslim group were very proactive in making sure everything stayed peaceful. This was something given the looks of pure hatred and disgust on the face of some of the more militant protesters who were holding up signs depicting the AK-47 assault rifles they would be waving had this been Damascus and not Irvine.

I can't wait for all the leftist pundits and peace activists to denounce this hateful violence-mongering.

(HT: Reapo Girl.)

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