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-Islamic Cartoon Missionaries?

by Dr. D ~ April 18th, 2012

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Here’s an article by Daniel Pipes about a new series of comics and cartoons where all of the heroes are Muslims from around the world and the bad guys are infidels -“Islam’s Cartoon Missionaries

According to Pipes:

Comic books as a method of missionizing for Islam (da’wa)?

Yes. One year ago, Harvard University hosted a workshop to teach comic book artists how to address Americans’ "unease with Islam and the Middle East." And later this week, Georgetown University will air a PBS documentary, Wham! Bam! Islam! celebrating a comic book called The 99.

The series provides good role models for Muslim children but also targets those of other religions:

The Times (London) described the series’ mission as instilling "old-fashioned Islamic values in Christian, Jewish and atheist children."

The comics were also endorsed enthusiastically by President Obama as providing a needed positive view of Islam:

(The comics) "captured the imagination of so many young people with superheroes who embody the teachings and tolerance of Islam."

Pipes concludes his article with this observation:

In short, to the Islamic indoctrination of Western children, already present in schools through textbooks, additional school materials, and classroom trips, now add comic books and their many spin-offs, actual and potential. The 99 might be fine for Muslim children but, support from Georgetown University notwithstanding, non-Muslim children should not be exposed to missionizing propaganda of this sort.

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Response: I do not object to the Cartoons and the comics addressed here at all. They could be a positive production for Muslim children. Every culture needs its own heroes and it is good to see some Muslims as heroes doing good rather than bombing churches and killing non-Muslims.

Interestingly, many in the Muslim Middle East view them in a negative light. These cartoons and comics are actually banned in Saudi Arabia and the clergy there issued a ‘fatwa’ against them.

Hollywood is already indoctrinating our children with political correctness and environmentalism. I recently watched a Saturday cartoon show with my 6 year old granddaughter where pets are the heroes and in that episode they were called upon to save a colony of ants from the ‘evil’ human family that was trying to have a picnic and were killing ants trying to cart away the food. Lesson-animals, ants, and the environment -‘good’ and human family ‘-bad’?

Fortunately Christians have cartoons of our own that have reached the big screen and the small- Veggie Tales -which are based upon Christian morals and teachings.

Hero cartoons based upon the 99 names of Allah can’t be all bad. Except when it comes to the Muslim understanding of God; love, compassion, and mercy are not part of the 99. So some parental supervision would be in order during viewing?

What I really object to is the characterization that those of us who have a negative view of Islam need to be educated. Can you imagine a Harvard U. Workshop on how to present Christianity in a positive light? Not in the last 100 years or so. Or Georgetown U. getting involved in a documentary presenting a new cartoon with Christians as the main heroes with non-Christians as the bad guys?

Then there’s the President of the USA commending the project on You Tube. Can you all imagine that if it were Christian? No.

Point is, all of the negativity against Islam is not the fault of ordinary Americans or Westerners. Reality is. No amount of cartoons where Muslims are the good heroes can ever overcome the damage that is done daily to Islam by radical Muslims burning churches, bombing stores, poisoning school girls, bathing them in acid, and shooting up innocent people while shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ and claiming to do it all in the name of Muhammad and Islam.

If Muslims really want to change the perception of their religion and present it in a positive light, then they need to clean up the actions of their own people. They need to educate a whole new generation of Muslims that emphasize and live according to the peaceful aspects of their religion. They need to replace the violent jihadi curricula that is being taught in the radical madrassas in the Middle East today. The real change needs to begin in their community not ours.            *Top

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