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Theology is the study of theism; Atheology is the study of atheism. I am The Atheologist. Why don’t Atheists embrace religion when the vast majority of humans do? Why are Atheists regarded by most of society as thugs, rabble, vermin and generally naughty people. The Atheologist will attempt to seek out the true answers to these and many more questions by using logical assumptions, interviews with people of all faiths and really, really good research. The Atheologist wants to know.

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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2006

    Dissing Muhammad?

    The Danish daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten last fall published 12 caricatures of Muhammad, causing an uproar that continues to build more than three months later.
    Arabs and Muslims also are calling for a boycott of Danish foods, including popular cream cheese, butter and cookie brands.
    Palestinian extremists have ordered all Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes to leave Gaza. Libya decided to close its embassy in Copenhagen," said it would be taking "economic measures" against Denmark.The published cartoons showed "Muhammad" in various settings. One depicts him wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with its fuse lit, while another has him with eyes blacked out and carrying a large, curved knife, flanked by two women in burqas. In another, the prophet is shown telling a line of suicide bombers seeking entry to paradise:
    "Stop, stop, we have run out of virgins."

    The Atheologist has taken a look at these images, and although not an art critic can see what the uproar is all about: The drawings are amateurish and lack balance, contrast or contrapposto. They should never have been published.
    The Atheologist searched the Internet and found what he believes to be a portrait that is worthy of the great prophet Muhammad. This portrait seems to really capture the feelings of the artist as well as his subject matter. It is a well balanced work where the personality of the subject really comes alive, it left the Atheologist speechless, the word, synergy, comes to mind, where the whole seems to be greater than the sum of its parts. I am sure that this work of art will be appreciated by Muslims the world over. Here it is:

    Somewhat related to this item was an December 2005 eBay auction of a portrait of Jesus which was actually autographed, 'with love J'., by the subject. The back of the portrait is said to have the inscription, 'I signed this, Jesus H. Christ', thus authenticating it. Surprisingly, there were no bidders.

    There also weren't any boycotts, protests or death threats.

    The Atheologist


    Blogger D. T. Devareaux said...

    Thank you again for the stunning endorsement!

    As I wrote on my own blog, I make my case for that picture as follows:

    Aside from the middle third of the drawing, I can't imagine why any orthodox Muslim would take extreme offense this. Does the left not describe what is the plight of women under Islam? Does the right not depict what is the fate of those who would deny Islam? As for the third and middle portion, any Muslim who might be drawn to the sin of idolatry over such a repugnant vision of Muhammad (pbuh) would not be a very good Muslim at all. I rest my case.

    1:24:00 PM  
    Blogger The Atheologist said...

    And an excellent case it is!

    1:26:00 PM  
    Blogger vjack said...

    Very cool blog! Oh yeah, and welcome to Atheism Online.

    5:15:00 PM  
    Blogger Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said...

    Muslims are not allowed to have images of Mohammed. Something to do with idolatry I think. German and French newspapers today published the photos too. They are sort of saying screw you Muslims, don't tell me what to do, and perhaps it is solidarity to their Danish friends.

    1:36:00 PM  
    Blogger The Atheologist said...

    Yes, Muslims are not allowed to have images of Muhammed or Allah, and I guess they believe that non-Muslims should also comply with their rules regarding idiotry, I mean idolatry.

    2:28:00 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    And yet, if the last picture was published in a newspaper with all its snark visible, I am sure the calls to boycott the paper and its advertisers from Christians would crop up pretty quickly.

    This is indeed a cautionary tale for those of us in the US as our freedoms erode away so that we can be protected from the evil Islamofascists by our own beloved Christofascists of the GOP.

    2:32:00 PM  

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