Friday, February 17, 2006

Take the blindfold off

Apart from the Western Standard and UPEI Cadre, the student newspaper of the University of Prince Edward Island, very few Canadian papers have published pictures of the now notorious cartoons which are "causing" intolerant and violent individuals to torch buildings and kill innocent people.

But the images do not need to be viewed to incite outrage and censorship - if talking about the cartoons invokes such a strong response, why not just publish the pencil lines or stop reporting on it?



From the Charlottetown Guardian:
Koli Hoogeveen has never see the incendiary cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

And the Charlottetown woman never wants to cast her eyes on them.

Learning of their existence - and their publication - was more than a heavy enough blow for her to absorb.

Hoogeveen, who describes herself as a pious Muslim woman, first learned of the cartoons when violence erupted in Europe and the Middle East.

[..] Hoogeveen didn't need to see the depictions to be stung. Having the cartoons detailed to her though media reports sufficed in hitting her hard.

"It is very hurting", she said.

"It felt like as if I had been raped out on the street while the people surrounding me watched it."
Major retailers have pulled the Western Standard from their racks and the President of the University of Prince Edward Island has ordered the confiscation of all circulating copies of The UPEI Cadre, much to the delight of this woman who prior to the publication of the images by this paper was "forced to suffer in silence".
Hoogeveen is filled with praise for UPEI president Wade MacLauchlan's handling of the volatile affair.

As soon as he learned that the student newspaper contained the cartoons of the prophet Muhammed, he ordered all copies in circulation on the campus confiscated.

He called The UPEI Cadre's decision to run the cartoons "a reckless invitation to public disorder and humiliation."

[..] The student union confiscated the bulk of the offending copies of The UPEI Cadre."
Thanks to a reader of The London Fog for drawing my attention to the story and providing a scan of the article, as it does not appear to be available online. Read the sordid story here.

14 comments:

Candace said...

So I guess the Muslims offended by stories of torture at Abu Garib don't need to see the clips, either? Funny how that works.

Excellent post.

Pietr said...

I a thinking some very funny, mocking thoughts about Mohammed;if only they knew who I was eh?
Does anybody feel like they are being publicly raped reading this comment?
If so, get a boyfriend.
That'll put you straight.

darcey said...

thats outrageous.

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, Ezra the champion of Free Speech - currently suing over 100 people for simply signing a petition to ask for how much money he got for letting Stephen Harper parachute into his riding.

Ah Yes - The Western Standard, a Bastion of Free-Speech Rights, where 90% of the posters think that Michael Moore needs to be locked up for excercising freespeech in discussing the Canadian Election 2 years ago.

Ah yes... the Magzine thats paid webmistress advocates that "Canada needs institutions to lock up the indian activists and apologists"

Ezra can go piss himself.

he wanted to make a fuss - and he did.

I hope his shitty little rag goes down the tubes exactly where it belongs, being the unprincipled and disgusting filthy racist garbage clap-trap that it is....

Oh... btw -- YOUR TAXDOLLARS KEEP THIS MAGAZINE AFLOAT!

MW

Alberta Pat said...

MW:

Come on, get off the fence and say what you really think!

I'm amused that you assert that the Western Standard is tax-supported: evidence? You know---facts? I always thought it was the adverts from the mining and oil exploration companies, and the western provincial governments tourism boards, and sustaining donors like me.

Interesting how the liberal left can work up outrage over almost anything these days: being out of power (which they also cannot believe, see Martin's "astonishment" the other day) has totally unhinged them. Or is it that Reynolds not making the tin-foil thick enough these days?

Pietr said...

First rule of the blackguard-say it ain't so.

Pietr said...

Zero-th rule-say it is!

Pietr said...

Tit for Tat leads to the first casualty-the truth , or rather, some general and undefined public perception thereof.
Something the Left understands well.

Honey Pot said...

Hoogeveen, who describes herself as a pious Muslim woman, first learned of the cartoons when violence erupted in Europe and the Middle East.

[..] Hoogeveen didn't need to see the depictions to be stung. Having the cartoons detailed to her though media reports sufficed in hitting her hard.

"It is very hurting", she said.

"It felt like as if I had been raped out on the street while the people surrounding me watched it."
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Wow, that Hoogeveen woman needs deep instense therapy. Can you imagine being that stunned that you would actually equate a cartoon drawing to a rape? Goes without saying how fucked up and warped that religion really is.Creeping me out, the more I learn about it.

Anonymous said...

It was my understanding (but by no means my belief)that if the "traditional muslim woman" is raped, it is because she has tempted the man and should be punished herself. Why would we even listen to a muslim woman's opinion - her own culture won't.

Honey Pot said...

You got a good point Anony. I don't think it would make much sense for the Moosehead beer guys to try pushing their swig in the middle east either. Would need a whole different campaign, a stone in every six pack will keep her in line, or something like that.

Pat said...

The entire letter from Koli Hoogeveen to Wade MacLauchlan, President of the University of Prince Edward Island, has been prominantly posted on the UPEI website (www.upei.ca/letter):




In the name of God, the most Gracious, the Most Merciful

A Letter of Thanks

February 15, 2006



H. Wade MacLauchlan, President
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Charlottetown PE

Dear Mr. MacLauchlan,

With my utmost sincerity and deep appreciation, I, Koli Hoogeveen, of Prince Edward Island, on behalf of all Muslims and non-Muslims alike, who are deeply moved and grateful along with me, take pleasure in expressing gratitude and extending my heartfelt thanks to you. I commend you in recognition of your quick action to remove from circulation, the recent edition of The Cadre, which was also followed by the offering of apologies by the Student Union of UPEI. It was an honourable response at a time of crisis, which currently shakes the world with unrest, mistrust and even death.

Mr. MacLauchlan, I congratulate you for taking a giant step and making a significant contribution towards promoting compassion and peace through your thoughtful, prompt and very timely intervention to prevent the circulation of the controversial cartoons depicted on the University's student newspaper, The Cadre. It was very honourable on your part to stand up to do what is right. Your action has set a great example of integrity, courage, justice, and wisdom, as befits a strong chief administrator of an educational institution.

I am a widow and a mother, living in Prince Edward Island for the past 25 years. I am a pious Muslim woman who is peace-loving and cares for humanity. I was suffering the pain in silence, inflicted upon me by the acts of slander, discrimination, ridicule and insults involving the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, who had passed away more than fourteen hundred years ago. As according to 'The Quran', the unique book of revelation from our Creator, Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was sent by God as a total embodiment of mercy. He was like a lamp for all the oppressed and lost people, sunken in darkness, without any hope, faith, fairness, equality and justice. Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was obedient and dutiful to the Creator. He strove hard and persevered to carry out the messages of God to all, which was entrusted on him. He crossed many barriers, struggled very hard to reach out to all with kindness, compassion, honesty and with wisdom. He had denounced all acts of violence, imprudence and discrimination by the leave of God. He had persevered to bring the assurance and glad tidings that indeed, there is one God, a divine superpower, who loves and cares about His creation, Who has enjoined all that is good and forbade what is bad and harmful. As God says, "Verily, My mercy prevails over my wrath."

Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) lead people towards the light of hope for a wholesome happy life with peace, purity, harmony and justice.

He is no longer with us, but he has left a great gift of knowledge, the book of 'Quran' for us, which was revealed to him by God. We, the Muslims of the world, hold fast onto this great gift very faithfully, as we hold Mohammed (pbuh), the Prophet of God, in our heart very dearly.

Portraying demeaning cartoons of such great human beings, be they Mohammed, Jesus, Moses, John, David, Abraham, Noah, and all the God's chosen messengers, Peace and Blessings be on each and everyone of them; lacks taste, is hurtful and definitely not amusing or right. What purpose do cartoons such as these really serve, but to promote hate, contempt, and discrimination, to insult and to offend the people who love and trust those great prophets and follow their paths?

The purpose of a cartoon as understood, is to make clean fun using good taste and humour, to give amusement, bring laughter and to make a very subtle, educated, and witty statement. But surrounding these cartoons, do we see any one of the billion of Muslims of the world, laughing? On the contrary, it has hurt the feelings and offended billions of people of the world, including even those who are not of Muslim faith, but those who are decent and peace-loving, simple human beings, as are Muslims.

It was claimed that these cartoons were depicted to exercise freedom of expression and freedom of the press. But, can these freedoms be justified, while they violate the freedom of rights of billions of people of the world? And these rights are -- rights to live in peace with humility and respect, rights to live with security, as a Muslim, without being discriminated or portrayed unjustly and falsely, and the right to recognize that the meaning of Muslim is not 'terrorist' but is 'those who willfully submit to the will of God'.

I was hurting, and wondering with all those questions as to how can we find hope and means to build a bridge of trust to bring about understanding, compassion, and closer ties between the people who are waiting at the opposite ends of the bridge?

Thank you very much Mr. MacLauchlan for shedding light onto the answer. Your stand on the issue, which is lurking to destroy the peace and sanctity of humanity, and your attempt and performance to put a stop to it, is commendable -- there is still the chance, and hope, for peace and humanity after all! I hope we all can take steps in that positive direction. I also congratulate the Student Union of UPEI for taking a very positive step by offering their apology. Thank you all very much, you have set an incredible precedence of wisdom for the whole world!

Thanks to you all who strive and make an effort to find a way to peace.

With regards,


S. Qudsia (Koli) Hoogeveen

dontaxe said...

The correspondence between Hoogeveen and MacLauchlan, along with correspondence between MacLauchlan and the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship, has also been posted at http://dontaxe.blogspot.com/

Honey Pot said...

It was claimed that these cartoons were depicted to exercise freedom of expression and freedom of the press. But, can these freedoms be justified, while they violate the freedom of rights of billions of people of the world? And these rights are -- rights to live in peace with humility and respect, rights to live with security, as a Muslim, without being discriminated or portrayed unjustly and falsely, and the right to recognize that the meaning of Muslim is not 'terrorist' but is 'those who willfully submit to the will of God'.-S. Qudsia (Koli) Hoogeveen
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Come on S. Qudsia (Koli) Hoogeveen, put on your big girl panties and deal with the reality of your religion/culture. Why did you come to Canada? Was it because you knew if you got caught even thinking that there was life beyond the kitchen curtains of your religion/culturee you could be stoned to death? It is a religion/culture of death, destruction and oppression. Does no one in immigration go over the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms with immigrants? Come on Kolie, throw off that shroud of oppression and come out with me for a few brews, we got to talk girlfriend.