The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) wrote About “Cartoonists Under Fire” while ignoring Bosch Fawstin, who was and is literally under fire and under death threats.
The cartoon clowns of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund make a mockery of their icon (above).
Bosch Fawstin wrote: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund:
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which I’ve been a supporter of until now, just released their issue of “Defender” which focuses on “Cartoonists Under Fire”, and they completely ignore the Mohammad cartoon contest & Garland jihadist attack where this cartoonist was Literally Under Fire. I’m pissed off. Bad enough I work in an industry that’s dominated by gutless leftists, but even the one place that supposedly defends Free Speech doesn’t give a shit about Defending Free Speech if it disagrees with it. This Completely undercuts the idea of what kind of speech Should be protected. To Hell with them.
Mitchell Berger said…
I was a founding board member of the CBDLF, but I speak only for myself here. Let me start off by saying that I liked your cartoon. It expresses the political cartoonist’s credo perfectly. But it is impossible to separate it from the context of it’s creation. Pamela Geller, the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) sponsored the contest. She has openly advocated that every mosque in the US should be subjected to regular government inspections, in violation of the first and fourth amendment rights of muslim citizens.
It’s reasonable to assume that you were aware of Ms. Geller’s position when you entered the contest, and even a cursory view of your work might lead one to conclude that you agree with her. If you don’t, now would be a good time to make it clear that you believe the Bill of Rights applies to all American citizens, even the followers of Islam. If you agree with her, then don’t expect to be heralded as a first amendment hero.
With that said, if you should face an act of official censorship, I would be the first person to advocate that your right to speak be defended. That’s how the first amendment is supposed to work.
So, Mr. Berger, is inciting to jihad and slaughter sanctioned because it is a religious imperative under the jihadic doctrine?
Berger, founding member of the organization, is a bloviating coward. Defense of a cartoonist has nothing to do with who tangentially says this or that.
First off, here is our position on mosques, as articulated in AFDI’s 18-point platform in defense of freedom:.
— AFDI calls for immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in
the West and for new legislation making foreign funding of mosques in
non-Muslim nations illegal.
— AFDI calls for surveillance of mosques and regular inspections of mosques in the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations to look for pro-violence materials. Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.
Read the whole platform here.
There have been over 26,000 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11, each one with an imprimatur of a Muslim cleric. From the 911 attacks (al Hijrah mosque) to the Boston bombings (ISB), Garland jihad attacks (ICCP mosque), Oklahoma beheading (ISGOC) — mosques teaching, preaching jihad have incited Muslims to slaughter in the cause of jihad. I could go on and on and describe mosque complicity and incitement. It. is. fact. The fact that the imam to the 911 Muslim terrorists, the Time Square bomber, the Fort Hood jihad, Anwar Awlaki, was invited to dine (more than once) at the Pentagon and led prayers on Capitol Hill shows how widely misunderstood this critical aspect of the war is.
If a mosque isn’t preaching incitement and sedition, why would they have a problem with it?
Big Fur Hat wrote,
Why is it “impossible” to separate Bosch’s cartoon from Pamela Geller?
That position must have sounded good in your head, but on paper it looks ridiculous.
Of course Bosch’s expression stands alone.
It matters little who it was judged by and what award it has won.
That statement is beyond specious.
Now, let’s get to your other ridiculous charge.
Regular inspections of mosques to monitor what they are preaching is not a violation of either the 1st or 4th amendment.
Mosques are open to the public. anyone can listen to what they are proselytizing.
If they are advocating violence, insurrection, jihad or terror, the mosque should be shut down.
And to BFH’s point, he further elucidated the clarity and reason of our position this way:
Was it against Jim Morrison‘s 1st amendment rights when local authorities went to his concerts to see what it was all about?Of course not.Same with Lenny Bruce.No one is talking about bugging the mosques.You just have to listen to their public sermons (??? don’t know what they call their rants)The only argument a mosque could make would be “hey, you’re stifling my right to preach about the insurrection of America.”
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