Taking liberties

 

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‘There, I’ve taken it off, better?’

In Cannes, France, a woman was forced to disrobe on the beach as part of the temporary ‘burkini ban’ preventing ostentatious religious dress. France has been victim of a terrible deluge of Islamic terrorist attacks, but even so, to become more like the aggressor – introducing morality police dictating what woman should wear – is not to win against them.

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In the beginning was the word and the word was fabulous 

   In Orlando, a man with an assault rifle killed 50 LGBT people and injured 53 more in a gay nightclub he used to himself frequent. After murdering these people he rang 911 and pledged his allegiance to Islamic State, which has since applauded his actions. His father was more circumspect and said it was God’s job to punish gays.Religiously entrenched homophobia is rife in orthodox and fundamentalist embodiments of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, around the world. But this hatred is normalised to murderous effect in countries that kill people, now in 2016, for being gay. 

There are 10 countries where homosexuality is punished by state enforced execution, the majority of them are Islamic, including Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. See the Washington Post’s map

The idea that your God would want gay people killed while making one in ten of all of us, atheist, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist etc. gay, is ludicrous to me, that is what this cartoon is about.

Saudi Arabia and the West side by side against #ISIS

When it comes to ISIS, Saudi Arabia and the West are side by side.

When it comes to ISIS, Saudi Arabia and the West are side by side.

From what I can tell it goes like this: The majority of terrorists in the 9/11 attacks were Saudi Arabian, Osama Bin Laden of course was from a wealthy Saudi family with ties to the ruling Royalty and it is alleged that there was some assistance from some elements within the Saudi government in 9/11 – see 28pages.org for more on this.

Because of this terrorist attack, Iraq was invaded, leading to the formation of ISIS. Saudi individuals have been responsible for funding ISIS. But Saudi Arabia is officially allied with ‘The West’ against them, in spite of spending billions and billions in promoting its hard line Wahhabist interpretation of Islam which is said to be integral in the spread of extremism.

Everything clear? Good.

This analysis of the punishments meted out by ISIS and Saudi Arabia for ‘crimes’ such as blasphemy and homosexuality is telling.

#iamcharlie #jesuischarlie

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In the middle of nowhere currently and have little technology to hand, but I’ve cobbled together this sketch as a reaction to the murder of cartoonists in Paris. Murders in retaliation for perceived offence against a character the murderers believe to be a prophet.

My thoughts with the murdered. May they rest in peace. May their light not be extinguished by intimidation.