(Thanks to frequent commenter and Facebook buddy Kim for hipping me to this.)
Last Sunday the Washington Post opted to run a previously published edition of the one-panel comic Non Sequitur rather than print the cartoon that creator Wiley Miller had drawn for that day. Why? Well, you can follow this link to read what Post ombudsman Andrew Alexander has to say about it, or you can check out the comic in question, which appeared in many other newspapers and on GoComics.com without incident, and see if you can figure it out for yourself:
As you may have noticed already, Muhammad is not actually depicted anywhere in the panel (though for a moment I thought he might have been the old man at the ice cream stand, glaring down lecherously at that little girl), which means even the childish prohibition of images of the Muslim prophet does not apply here.
Honestly, I do not know who I despise more: the religious terrorists who threaten murder and mayhem unless all of us play by their masochistic rules, or the pathetic cowards who appease them. This is a cartoon that should have been run on the front page of the Post, and every other paper to which this strip is syndicated. There is one way to handle these people, who put a death mark on the head of Salman Rushdie, who committed murder in response to the publication of some political cartoons, who threatened and intimidated to prevent the un-edited airing of an episode of South Park: the extension of the middle finger, accompanied by the pronouncing of “Fuck you.”