By Tom Quiner
Imagine a Broadway play that mocks Islam.
It shouldn’t be hard to imagine, should it? After all, Broadway lavished praise on the musical called the Book of Mormon by honoring it with 9 Tony Awards. In fact, it is so popular that it has a return engagement here in Des Moines starting next week.
Watch the sneering portrayal of Mormonism from the clip above from the 2012 Tony Awards.
The Book of Mormon was written by the guys behind the animated TV hit series, South Park. Their mocking take on Mormonism was wildly popular, because it is politically correct to mock a conservative religion. To their credit, the Mormon leadership took the high ground and even ran ads in the playbills around the country encouraging theater goers to “read the real book.”
I’ll be honest: I don’t get the Mormon religion. I have worked with quite a few Mormons over the years, though, and they have been incredible human beings, every one of them.
They didn’t smoke or drink.
They were great parents.
They were honest and decent.
And they didn’t try to kill me if I said something politically incorrect about their religion.
On the other hand, if ever there was a religion ripe for satire, it would be Islam, right? So I’m wondering if the wise guys behind The Book of Mormon musical are planning an Islamic sequel?
The answer is NO for two simple reasons:
1. They are cowards. They know that if they created such a musical, they would probably be murdered on the streets, and they don’t have sufficient courage of convictions to extend their free speech rights to a group that fights back, and is protected by the cult of the Politically Correct.
2. They are smart. (See above.)
As you recall, three Islamic terrorists stormed a building in Paris, France, last year that housed the headquarters of a satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo. They gunned down a dozen people because of the magazine’s portrayal of Mohammed, shouting “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest).
As usual, American liberals were quick to defend Islam. Howard Dean put it this way:
“You know, this is a chronic problem. I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for whatever anybody else’s life. That’s not what the Koran says. You know, Europe has an enormous radical problem. I think ISIS is a cult, not an Islamist cult. I think it’s a cult. I think you got to deal with these people.”
(I wonder what Mr. Dean would say about the video clip above if it was mocking Islam?)
Liberals will have a harder time blaming the NRA since France has stringent gun control laws. Piers Morgan sends out Tweets like this when there is a shooting in America:
“Some Americans think I’m the only ‘idiot’ alive who finds their gun laws insane. Actually, it’s most of the rest of the world.”
He was strangely silent on the subject with the Islamic terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, since France already has the strict gun control laws liberals want imposed on the U.S.
Dr. Steve Kirby, author of “Islam According to Muhammad, Not Your Neighbor,” posted this comment on his Facebook page after last year’s massacre:
Despite receiving threats over the years for doing so, this small group of brave French journalists continued to believe in that freedom. Unfortunately, they never received any support, and virtually no recognition, from the American media.
It will be interesting to see how the American media spins this in order to keep it away from Islam, even though the gunmen were yelling “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is Greatest) and Muhammad ordered the killing of, and gave approval afterwards for the killing of, men and women whose only crime was criticizing Islam and/or Muhammad.”
What does it take to convince liberals that when terrorists invoke the name of Allah as they butcher men, women, and children, they really mean it?
Perhaps they should “read the book.”