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Incitement Watch: Cartoonist Smears Islamic Civilization

A Pat Oliphant political cartoon distributed nationwide on July 9th
apparently suggested that Islamic civilization has achieved nothing but the
taming of the camel. The cartoon depicts stereotypically-dressed and
hook-nosed men named “Mohammed” and “Ahmed” riding camels in the desert.

TO VIEW THE CARTOON, SEE: http://www.ucomics.com/patoliphant/2004/07/09/
SEE ALSO: http://www.ucomics.com/patoliphant/bio.phtml

The men engage in the following conversation:

One man says: “IS IT NOT WONDROUS, MOHAMMED, THAT BY THE GRACE OF ALLAH,
MANKIND HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE SUCH AMAZING EXPLORATIONS OF DEEP SPACE?”

Another responds: “NOT MANKIND, AHMED – INFIDELS!”

A third man says: “DEATH TO THE INFIDELS!”

A small figure in the corner of the cartoon (a signature of Oliphant’s
cartoons) then say: “WE TAMED THE CAMEL DIDN’T WE?”

Another small figure responds, “THAT’S AN ACHIEVEMENT. THEN WHAT?”

ACTION REQUESTED: (As always, be POLITE.)

Pat Oliphant’s cartoons are distributed by Universal Press Syndicate (UPS).
Contact UPS to express your concerns about the overtly racist and bigoted
content of this particular cartoon.

CONTACT: lsalem@amuniversal.com,sroush@uexpress.com, gmelvin@uexpress.com,amcdermott@uexpress.com.
COPY TO: cair@cair-net.org

Lee Salem
Executive Vice President and Editor
Universal Press Syndicate
4520 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111-7701
TEL: (800) 255-6734, (816) 932-6600
WEB: http://www.amuniversal.com/ups/

 

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