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FAIR: Muslims Are Nazis, USA Today Jokes

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It’s not a terribly hard cartoon to parse: Islam is the modern equivalent of Nazism, and threatens a new Holocaust. The cartoon lists entities that have nothing in common with each other aside from their connection to Islam–political movements like Hezbollah and Hamas, who have been the targets of far more violence than they are responsible for, along with groups like ISIS and Boko Haram, terrorist groups whose victims are primarily Muslim. Hezbollah and ISIS are actually engaged in intense warfare with each other.

In case you missed the point, the cartoon puts one of the holiest phrases in Islam–”Allah Akbar,” or “God is great”–in the mouth of a Nazi skeleton.

(Along with its roll call of Muslim villains, the cartoon includes the phrase “politically correct”– which I can only take to mean that people who criticize the politics of cartoons — for example — are a kind of Nazi too.)

No doubt defenders of the cartoon will say that it’s only talking about the bad kind of Islam, which is just as persuasive as making a list of all the horrible people you can think of from a particular ethnic group and then saying that you’re only talking about the bad people from that ethnic group. One would hope USA Today would decline to make such a smear its daily editorial cartoon.

UPDATE: You can send feedback to USA Today’s  editorial page editor Brian Gallagher at bgallagher@usatoday.com.

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  • George Carty

    According to the classification of ethical systems summarized below (I got it originally from here originally) how do you think prominent critics of Islam would be divided?

    True racists would be Phase I, evangelical Christians and antitheistic Marxists (eg Worker-Communists) would be Phase II, while genuine defenders of the Enlightenment would be Phase III.

  • George Carty

    False flag attacks are even better in three-way conflicts. One of the best examples of such was when French neo-Nazis in 1988 carried out bomb attacks targeting Muslims (although the only person who actually died was a Romanian exile) and framed Zionists for the crimes.

  • Reynardine

    Operation “Canned Goods”, otherwise known as the Gleiwitz incident.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    But sending insulting emails is fun.

  • Trimmercastle42

    I’ve seen some people claim (I don’t know if this is true or not) that websites like stormfront may put on a false face of friendliness to attract potential followers; for example, they may refrain their users from using the “N-word” in a public forum, claim that they use evidence to support their bigotry, and so on.

  • Trimmercastle42

    Actually, It would be better to refrain from sending emails that could be deemed “Harassing”; A better approach would be to write, in a polite manner, why you object to the drawing and why you find it offensive.

    Sending emails politely can have a powerful impact on a person, and may even influence the person, makes him believe he’s in the wrong.

  • Diego Hernandez

    I think the supposedly respectable liberals and conservatives you refer to are just shit stupid, or rather mostly disinterested in dealing with the threat from the far-right. Indeed, the far-right has long been a useful source of wedge issues to beat rival mainstream parties over the head with. Why kill the golden goose that’s laying the golden eggs that distract people from actual matters of substance?

    Neoconservatism and Islamophobia are rife among the media in Britain and elsewhere. Many figures in media and politics seem to equate the BNP and the small minority of a minority that is the Islamic extremist fringe, not realising (or admitting) that the BNP’s ideology poses more of a threat to civil society than the latter does.

  • Lithium2006

    All I can say is this: Projections are the damnedest things. I am rubber, you are glue. End of story.

  • Reynardine

    No, they’re not, but they used to be better.

  • mindy1

    Awesome, but they are not that great a paper

  • Reynardine

    I sent one reading:

    Your Nazi skeleton is a cartoon worthy of Julius Streicher. A publication of your standing should not be lending itself to such vulgar incitements to bigotry.

  • Reynardine

    The tactic is used by racists, sexists, and bigots of all kinds. Drop in at SPLC Hatewatch for some examples.

  • Reynardine

    All idiots are dumb. This one is a mean idiot.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Just send him an email saying “You are a dumb retard”.

  • Reynardine

    The only way I am seventeen is through dyslexia. Thank you for your most noble offer, but give my place to the young.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    But of course they are. Inhumans are always inhuman.

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Words cannot describe how much I hate it when someone does that, what feelings I have for those who do it,

    and what I would like to do to them in return.

  • cmyfe .

    The makers of this cartoon are Nazis. They use their own name to villify a people —IN ORDER TO PROMOTE NAZI HATE.—

  • mindy1

    Sadly after what happened to that poor pilot this kind of rhetoric was inevitable >:(

  • mindy1

    The two seem to be related…

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  • HSkol

    Yausari, thank you for that addition. True.

  • Yausari

    Well, yeah. they have it the opposite way. They are literally using the same Nazi tactic to demonize Muslims as it was done to Jews, playing under ‘free speech’.

  • HSkol the Redundant

    False equivalence can be so handy and dandy at times, right? The “Muslims = Nazis” folks have absolutely no understanding of political power and/or herd mentality. The Nazis were politically powerful – so much so with their propaganda that the herd either bowed down to them, or at least did not a thing to stand in their way, for they (the Nazis) were something of the German norm in their time.

    Al Qaeda and Boko Haram, as scary as they may be, have very little universal political clout. Not one great herd of people will follow and unleash the political beasts known as Al Qaeda or Boko Haram as did the Nazis. Gotta love false equivalence. The problem here – adherents of false equivalence have absolutely no understanding of the difference, for they’ve likely enough never been the underdog, though they have more likely than not always been fearful as hell.

    Peace.

  • Reynardine

    There is no question in my mind that the public is being accustomed, and finally persuaded, to the “necessity” of genocide:

    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/feb/04/fox-news-shows-isis-video-jordan-pilot

    The message is clearly, “Do it to them, before they can do it to us”.

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