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Woroni plays the Islamic cartoon two step

By johnboy - 27 May 2013 38

The ABC has the sad news that ANU’s student rag has gotten itself in trouble with the tired trope of cartoons about Islam.

“Woroni Editors” are defending themselves and detailing the university’s efforts to make them stop being pests.

Five years ago this was cutting edge, today… well Voltaire and all that.

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Woroni plays the Islamic cartoon two step
Deckard 7:22 pm 27 May 13

Mrs_Potato_Head said :

Why do Muslims seem to get offended by anything and everything? And yet they don’t bat an eyelid when their Quran says that Mohammed had many wives, including a six year old girl.

I think you mean ‘why do SOME Muslims get offended?’. I’m pretty sure most of them couldn’t really care less.

Masquara 7:17 pm 27 May 13

johnboy said :

pooping on religions for the sake of it is pretty vapid behaviour.

when you’re reliant on a university for funding and your pooping goes against their guidelines and endangers their funding it’s just dumb.

Start your own website or magazine and see how you go.

Freedom of speech doesn’t include a requirement that a joke be tasteful or good.

This travesty is because of Islamicist fanaticism. (Anyone care to cite the case of a Buddhist threatening life or limb over a silly joke?) This censoring, while understandable on the grounds of sheer pragmatism, is a very, very sad affair, and let’s not pretend it is anything other than tragic, demonstrating our powerlessness in the face of a dreadful threat to western freedoms. Islamicist fanaticism has truly done its work – we are all afraid.

switch 6:53 pm 27 May 13

Blen_Carmichael said :

Quite ironic that the so-called Civil Liberties Australia publicly endorses censorship, wouldn’t you think?

Have you forgotten doublethink, Winston?

Blen_Carmichael 6:01 pm 27 May 13

>>The head of Civil Liberties Australia Tim Vine says the ANU may have been justified in censoring the newspaper.

Quite ironic that the so-called Civil Liberties Australia publicly endorses censorship, wouldn’t you think?

Diggety 4:02 pm 27 May 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

johnboy said :

pooping on religions for the sake of it is pretty vapid behaviour.

when you’re reliant on a university for funding and your pooping goes against their guidelines and endangers their funding it’s just dumb.

Start your own website or magazine and see how you go.

All good points, but why was it only the Islam one that got pulled? I find it pretty hard to believe that there were no complaints from catholic organusations.

I see what you did there… Off with his head!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:58 pm 27 May 13

johnboy said :

pooping on religions for the sake of it is pretty vapid behaviour.

when you’re reliant on a university for funding and your pooping goes against their guidelines and endangers their funding it’s just dumb.

Start your own website or magazine and see how you go.

All good points, but why was it only the Islam one that got pulled? I find it pretty hard to believe that there were no complaints from catholic organusations.

c_c™ 3:48 pm 27 May 13

The cartoon was moronic. At best heavy with ill-thought stereotypes, at worst, inciting hate. It wasn’t smart, it wasn’t witty, it was just lazy.

I think it’s a bit rich that they’re now playing the freedom of the press card. ANU Student Media is publicly funded, if they want total freedom to publish what is more often than not trash (with a few exceptions), then make a commercial case, attract your own funding and stop taking public money.

Diggety 3:47 pm 27 May 13

Mrs_Potato_Head said :

Why do Muslims seem to get offended by anything and everything?

I’d be pissed off too if I weren’t allowed to enjoy a few ales.

johnboy 3:45 pm 27 May 13

pooping on religions for the sake of it is pretty vapid behaviour.

when you’re reliant on a university for funding and your pooping goes against their guidelines and endangers their funding it’s just dumb.

Start your own website or magazine and see how you go.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:39 pm 27 May 13

I do not understand why you can poop on any religion except Islam?

Makes no sense and pretty much goes against everything multiculturalism is about.

Roundhead89 3:30 pm 27 May 13

As a former co-editor of the student newspaper at CCAE in 1986 I’m not surprised at this latest nonsense from Woroni (which we used to call Moronic). I was trying to lift the tone of our paper while at the same time Moronic was publishing things like “Wimmin’s Page” and a stream of other left wing crap.

Unlike Woroni nowadays we were funded from Student Association fees so we were independent from the uni bosses. Even if we wanted to overstep the boundaries, we knew our readership was limited to the campus and a few journalists at The Canberra Times.

Nowadays with the Internet your work goes around the world in a microsecond. While it might have been of little consequence to publish a cartoon mocking Islam in 1986, I have to wonder why someone in the Woroni editorial office didn’t realise that such a cartoon might be seen by Al Qaeda or Al Shabab members overseas. Witness the riots and terrorist attacks following the YouTube video last year.

Like it or not, freedom of the press must be curtailed when you are dealing with murderous fanatics.

Mrs_Potato_Head 3:21 pm 27 May 13

Why do Muslims seem to get offended by anything and everything? And yet they don’t bat an eyelid when their Quran says that Mohammed had many wives, including a six year old girl.

Proboscus 3:02 pm 27 May 13

I understand why Woroni pulled the cartoons (I assume they like their heads where they are).

Ben_Dover 2:34 pm 27 May 13

Did the cartoons have Dr Who in them or something.

Cowardice in the faces of Islamic religious fanaticism/fascism is so very de rigueur these days.

mossrocket 1:33 pm 27 May 13

Maybe they should turn it into a tshirt – it will make it easier for the violent cult members to find them…

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