Firstly, the Muslim population of Nigeria demonstrate why it's offensive and absurd to suggest they might be prone to violence, and why those of us who make the suggestion should be flaggelating as we speak:
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Nigerian Muslims protesting caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad attacked Christians and burned churches Saturday, killing at least 15 people in the deadliest confrontation yet in the whirlwind of Muslim anger over the drawings.
It was the first major protest to erupt over the issue in Africa's most populous nation. Mobs of Muslim protesters swarmed through the city center with machetes, sticks and iron rods. One group threw a tire around a man, poured gasoline on him and set him ablaze.
Rioters burned 15 churches in Maiduguri in a three-hour rampage before troops and police reinforcements restored order, Nigerian police spokesman Haz Iwendi said. He said security forces arrested dozens of people in the city about 1,000 miles northeast of Lagos.
No doubt the prophet would be pleased to hear that his followers defended his name by killing local Christians. That sure showed them.
Secondly comes this response from the smartarses at Boomka, who are showing that a bunch of pesky Iranian nutters aren't going to outdo them in the humourous anti-Semitism stakes:
Israeli group announces anti-Semitic cartoons contest!
A Danish paper publishes a cartoon that mocks Muslims.
An Iranian paper responds with a Holocaust cartoons contest -
- Now a group of Israelis announce their own anti-Semitic cartoons contest!
Eyal Zusman (30, back from anonymity) and Amitai Sandy (29), graphic artist and publisher of Dimona Comix Publishing, from Tel-Aviv, Israel, have followed the unfolding of the “Muhammad cartoon-gate” events in amazement, until finally they came up with the right answer to all this insanity - and so they announced today the launch of a new anti-Semitic cartoons contest - this time drawn by Jews themselves!
“We’ll show the world we can do the best, sharpest, most offensive Jew hating cartoons ever published!” said Sandy “No Iranian will beat us on our home turf!”
The contest has been announced today on the www.boomka.org website, and the initiators accept submissions of cartoons, caricatures and short comic strips from people all over the world. The deadline is Sunday March 5, and the best works will be displayed in an Exhibition in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Sandy is now in the process of arranging sponsorships of large organizations, and promises lucrative prizes for the winners, including of course the famous Matzo-bread baked with the blood of Christian children.
Now get crackin' - and a hat tip to Polly for pointing me toward the second bit.