Friday, March 21, 2008

Mo-cat cartoonist released

An update on the Mohammed the Cat crisis in Bangladesh back in October last year.

The text in the strip says:

* Boy, what is your name?
- My name is Babu.

* It is customary to mention Muhammed before the name.

* What is your father's name?
- Muhammed Abu

* What's this in your lap?
- Muhammed cat

This was of course such an insult on Islamic feelings that violent mobs of Muslims took to the street and demanded the cartoonist's death. The 23-year old boy was arrested for “hurting people’s religious sentiments.”

The cat-toon also lead to the killing of at least nine Christians and the torching of churches in Nigeria, of all places.

Now it seems the poor boy has been released from prison:

A BANGLADESH cartoonist jailed for allegedly insulting Muslims with a reference to the Prophet Mohammed has been released, court and prison officials said today.
Arifur Rahman, 23, was detained last September after the cartoon appeared in a weekly satirical magazine published by the mass-circulated Bengali daily Prothom Alo.

Prosecutor Shahidul Haque Bhuiyan said a magistrates' court in the capital Dhaka ordered that proceedings be dropped after the complainant in the case repeatedly failed to turn up for hearings.

Questions now are:

A: How long before the riots starts again in Bangladesh. It must be an insult to Muslim sensitivities to free a Godless blasphemer like Rahman.

B: How long will Rahman be allowed to keep his head?

C: How many Christians will die on the other side of the globe because of this ridicule of the Prostate Mohammad?

D: How many cats have been named Mohammad in the meantime?

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