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US Embassy Attacked Over SCOTUS Frieze

It’s sometimes amazing to see the reach of Sweetness & Light.

From Saudi-owned Reuters:

Members of the Indonesian Islamic Defender’s Front protest Sunday outside the U.S. embassy in Jakarta, against cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.

Islamic protesters damage US embassy in Jakarta

By Telly Nathalia and Jerry Norton
Sun Feb 19, 3:31 AM ET

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Islamic demonstrators angry at depictions of the Prophet Mohammad turned their wrath on the U.S. embassy in Jakarta on Sunday, beating on the gate with sticks and pelting the building with tomatoes, eggs and stones.

The missiles shattered glass in the guard post and cracked fibreglass-like material in the gate.

More than 200 white-clad members of Indonesia’s militant Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) were protesting over Danish cartoons lampooning the Prophet as well as his depiction in a sculpture at the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

About 50 police were on hand but unable to keep the protesters away from the gate, witnesses said.

Maksuni, an FPI deputy leader, told reporters after the protests: "This is not the last warning. This is only the beginning. There will be bigger actions against them."

"Suicide bombings! Prepare for a bomb," said one protester.

Weeks of sometimes violent protests by Muslims across the world against the cartoons, first published in Denmark and then by many European newspapers, have triggered fears of a clash of civilisations between the West and Islam. Many Muslims believe that it is blasphemous to publish images of the Prophet.

An embassy statement read to Reuters by a spokesman said the U.S. government deplored the violence, adding:

"Ambassador B. Lynn Pascoe said that this was a pre-meditated event that was staged for television by a small group which seeks to disrupt the relationship between the United States and Indonesia by inflaming popular opinion."

"This sort of thuggery is unacceptable and needs to be treated as what it is."

The statement said that the United States shared Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s view "that the cartoon issue should not be used as a wedge between cultures."

Yudhoyono, other officials, and leaders of moderate Muslim groups in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, have condemned the cartoons while urging that protests against them be peaceful.

The Mohammad depiction at the U.S. Supreme Court that was an added issue in the latest protest is one of a number showing historical figures viewed as lawgivers and sculpted in the 1930s.

I guess it’s flattering to see we are read in Indonesia. But I have to agree with our ambassador there, that this was just a convenient excuse, and the product of thuggery.

But you can bet he will be taken to the woodshed by the professional appeasers who run the State Department.

Still, didn’t any of these thoughtful people read the fine print in the Supreme Court’s Information Sheet (pdf):

Muhammad (c. 570–632) The Prophet of Islam. He is depicted holding the Qur’an. The Qur’an provides the primary source of Islamic Law. Prophet Muhammad’s teachings explain and implement Qur’anic principles. The figure above is a well-intentioned attempt by the sculptor, Adolph Weinman, to honor Muhammad and it bears no resemblance to Muhammad. Muslims generally have a strong aversion to sculptured or pictured representations of their Prophet.

It doesn’t look anything like Mohammad.

Sure, he’s got a sword. But where’s the bomb in his turban?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, February 19th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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