Sunday, September 25, 2016

For Drawing This Cartoon, Prominent Jordanian Satirist was Arrested, Then Someone Walked Up and Shot Him in the Head

Translation (from The Clarion Project):
In Green: In paradise… 
Allah: “May your evening be joyous, Abu Saleh, do you need anything?” 
Jihadist: “Yes Lord, bring me the glass of wine from other there and tell Jibril [the Angel Gabriel] to bring me some cashews. After that send me an eternal servant to clean the floor and take the empty plates with you.” 
Jihadist continues: “Don’t forget to put a door on the tent so that you knock before you enter next time, your gloriousness.”
Nahed Hattar was a well-known and successful agnostic of Christian origin. Jordan is one of the few majority Muslim countries where that's okay. Or at least sort of okay, as long as you don't push things too far. Apparently, he did.

The cartoon was posted on Hattar's anti-ISIS Facebook page, and then later taken down. The idea is that Jihadists see themselves as above Allah and would try to order even him around in heaven.

But many Muslims saw the cartoon as blasphemous in and of itself - his Allah, parting the curtains of a heavenly harem, looks a bit like that famous Monty Python version parting the clouds. And how dare anyone joke about Allah being ordered around - even if the point of the joke was to make fun not of Allah, but of those committing murder in his name.

After the government authorities announced an "investigation" into his cartoon and then charged him with "instigating strife," Hattar turned himself in.

A few weeks later he was assassinated in broad daylight in front of the Jordanian Supreme Court.

Security forces arrested the gunman, who was apparently an imam.

This is Nahed Hattar before he "blasphemed" Allah.

This is Nahed Hattar after he "blasphemed" Allah.

And here's a charming video of people frantically trying to revive Hattar as his blood drenches everything - on the steps of the Palace of Justice in one of Islam's most "moderate" countries.


  1. Wicked, debased, depraved, death-loving, life and goodness-hating Islamic culture.

    The man looks jovial, hopeful, and with a sparkle in his eye like someone you'd sit down with and have a beer and rationally exchange viewpoints.

    I will pray for his soul.

  2. It intensified my love of Jesus. Every once in a while I think about when my soul was dead prior to Confession (Sacrament of the Dead) and I shudder at what would have become of me had I pissed-off some madman.

    Lord have Mercy; and does he ever.

  3. Murder is murder, but blasphemy is also blasphemy. He did not deserve to be murdered in broad daylight, but I do not approve of cartoonists and other iconoclasts who think that public blasphemy is OK. If you think that it's OK for a cartoonist to publicly mock Muslims, then what are you going to say about those that mock Jesus or Mary? The scriptures do say that a mocker is an abomination to the Lord . . . there are ways of criticising ISIS without mockery or blasphemy.

    1. OTOH, some believe error has no rights. I guess if you believe attaining heaven means copulation with plural virgins it gets pretty dicey trying to define blasphemy. Anything might turn into blasphemy. Depicting Humpyy Dumpy in a cartoon may cost you your life. It's a slippery slope John Collinson.

      The belief in this corner of the blogosphere is in a Triune God if I am not mistaken.