Here are my not-terribly-brilliant or original observations on the affair of the recent Mohammad cartoon shootings. In no particular order.
a) I saw the cartoon that won the contest. Please, let's not have anybody talk in this case about those evil, mean, disgusting, pornographic, blah, blah. This is straightforward political satire and protest against the "don't draw Mohammad" sharia restriction.
b) The bullies of the left who are blaming Pamela Geller and her contest for the murderous attack against them are despicable.
c) That the FBI has not contacted Geller is significant, chilling, and revealing.
d) That the would-be-murderers of jihad were gunned down in a matter of seconds, in contrast to the murders and long hunt in the Charlie Hebdo affair, demonstrates the difference between France and Texas. Good for Texas.
e) Have you heard about the Facebook angle? (This is the one place where perhaps I will be telling readers something they didn't already know.)
The cartoonist who won the contest, Bosch Fawstin, temporarily and coincidentally (cough, cough) had his Facebook account suspended because he would not give Facebook his address. Let me add that generally in my experience Facebook allows users to skip supplying an address. While Facebook has been cracking down on its real names policy lately (targeting priests and monks while making an explicit exception for drag queens, I might add), I do not know of any policy requiring the user to supply his address. That this demand came to Fawstin at this time is no coincidence, of course. The conservative media got involved and his account access was restored, without, I gather, any apology.
The bullies of the left have been feeling their oats lately, mostly in the area of homosexuality. The unholy meeting of minds between them and the warriors of jihad (who would kill the leftists themselves in a heartbeat) is something no one could have predicted thirty years ago. In one sense it defies rational explanation, since the Muslim ideology is the stuff of the leftists' nightmares, a perfect caricature (but all too real) of misogyny and actual, personal hatred of homosexuals.
In another sense, though, it is just another case of those without honor coming together to try to exploit each other. Like the demon-possessed characters in C.S. Lewis's That Hideous Strength or the demons in his Screwtape Letters, who put on a parody of mutual cooperation and loyalty while all the while hoping to be the last left standing and to be given the others to devour, the leftist activists and the Muslim murderers use each other for their own ends on the assumption that they will be the winners. Neither group believes in freedom, of course--neither old-fashioned civil libertarian freedom nor Christian freedom--and this provides a surprising point of agreement between them. What do the shrieking harpies (or furies) of tolerance care about the freedom to draw Mohammad? That isn't what they are into themselves anyway. Suppress that freedom and, inter alia, you suppress the social conservatives and the Christians. Sounds like a good deal to them.
Those of us who believe in freedom of any legitimate kind whatsoever, whether it be the freedom to draw Mohammad or the freedom not to bake a homosexuality-celebrating cake, are in for a rough ride. The government and corporate bullies of the West are getting together with their unlikely bedfellows, the blood-stained bullies of jihad. There is no ambiguity about their joint target.