Right Wing Goes To War With Comics And Cartoons

Right Wing Goes To War With Comics And Cartoons

World Net Daily, a prominent website specialising in conservative political thinking has published a new piece entitled "Islamic kids cartoons praised by Obama draw terse warning".

The piece concentrates on The 99, an Islamic inspired superhero comic book that has been positively mentioned by comic book-reader Barack Obama, and is due for a DC Comics team up with the Justice League Of America.

Right Wing Goes To War With Comics And CartoonsBut World Net Daily have a warning from  Dr. Ted Baehr, chief of Movieguide, a site which evaluates motion pictures and other entertainment products from a conservative Christian perspective on suitability for family consumption He told the WND;

"These are not the types of heroes you want your children to have. These heroes, at their core, because they represent values contrary to humanity, at the core these heroes are more villain than hero."

This comes in the wake of news that children's TV channel The Hub is to create an animated series based on the comic, with a toyline to boot for next year. Which contain, horror of horrors,

"hair-hiding headscarves…mandatory for the five female characters, not including a 'burqa babe' called Batina the Hidden."

As for Obama's support for the project, it's time for that bete noire that, to be fair, I thought Stephen Colbert was exaggerating on The Colbert Report, but obviously not, the fear that President Barack Obama is a "secret Muslim".

"Curiously (or not so curiously considering his track record), President Obama, who was raised as a Muslim by his stepfather in Indonesia but supposedly converted to Christianity, praised this work created by Kuwaiti psychologist Naif al-Mutawa, saying at an April meeting with Arab entrepreneurs, 'His superheroes embody the teachings of the tolerance of Islam.'"

Right Wing Goes To War With Comics And CartoonsYou know, if a man says he is a Christian and, you know, from all appearances sems to live his life as if he is one, I'd really think twice about spouting this kind of thing. World Net Daily line up a few others;

Adrian Morgan of Family Security Matters, which is a think tank, wondered, "Are we going to see a**-kicking Christian superhero nuns called Faith, Hope and Charity … sending Satan into Hell? It's doubtful!"

Have they never come across Warrior Nun Areala?  Again, this kind of content doesn't seem to be reflected in The 99. It's almost as if people are responding to a headline or two without actually looking at the content in question. But that could never happen, could it? At which point Ted Baehr uses "with all due respect" in the manner in which you just know it will be followed by no respect at all.

"With all due respect to President Obama and contrary to his opinion, the Muslim faith is known for its lies about Christians and Jews, lies about the Bible, lies about Jesus and His apostles, violence, warrior mentality, abuse of women, slavery, persecution of non-Muslims, and terrorism against peaceful civilians, from the alleged founder of the faith, Mohammed, down to the present day,"

Right Wing Goes To War With Comics And CartoonsI'm a Christian. But I'd be hard-pressed to say the above without, you know, acknowledging that Christianity has been responsible for, well, pretty similar things.

A small percentage, he said, are very likely to be influenced toward the violence that is inherent in Islam – it's admonitions to "kill infidels" and the like.

It is very unlikely that anyone is going to pick up on that watching The 99. Just as it is also unlikely that people who watch the upcoming Dawn Treader movie will be influenced to stone homosexuals.

"Islam is a toxic religion, I will say that up front," Baehr said. "It is a very negative religion toward people and especially women."

As opposed to a religion that traditionally treats men as the "head of the household" and reduces women to supporting roles? And now it's time to bring in ever more tangential material with Morgan saying;

"In the Islamic world, cartoons have a more sinister purpose. In Iran, on Al-Quds Day, Iranian TV schedules are filled with cartoons about evil Israelis with red eyes, shooting and murdering innocent doe-eyed Palestinians. For older kids, the heroes fight back, and even get martyred in the cause of Allah. Al-Quds day, named after the Arab term for Jerusalem and initiated by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1983, is a time for Iranian media to reinforce Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic propaganda,"

Right Wing Goes To War With Comics And CartoonsExcept of course, The 99 isn't coming from Iran. Anything else from Baehr?

"Not all kids [who watch] are going to become violent, It's only if they have a susceptibility. This will become a pattern of behavior just like American converts to radical Islam in Detroit and Tennessee. This will appeal to a certain group who will become radicalized by watching this.The problem with all of this … is that you cannot tell until it's too late."

So. Anyone who watched He-Man as a child become radicalised as a Master Of The Universe? Oh, all of you. Okay then.

The 99 is written and drawn by the likes of Fabian Niceza, Stuart Moore, John McCrea and Marie Javins. Radical Muslim-loving heathens, the lot of them.

I don't suppose it's worth mentioning that, while inspired by the 99 attributes of Allah from the Muslim faith, most of the characters of The 99 are not Muslim? And don't even dress to any Islamic dress code?

No, thought not, that would only confuse the issue. Just as much as mentioning that the majority of Muslims aren't full of villaneous hatred but, just like most people, are trying to live their lives peacefully.

Just not most people on the World Net Daily it seems.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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