Stupid Netherlands Turns Xenophobic Cartoonist Into Hero

Here's where we play Goofus & Gallant, European nations edition. Gallant Denmark stood up in favor of the rights of publishers when those stupid, mediocre cartoons about the prophet Muhammed caused worldwide outrage and riots a couple years back. Goofus Netherlands, on the other hand, recently threw a cartoonist in jail for drawing cartoons that might be offensive to Muslims. By all accounts the cartoonist, "Gregorius Nekschot," is offensive to Muslims. That makes his arrest no less phenomenally stupid.

Mr. Nekschot, who calls the investigation "surreal," says, "Not even Monty Python could have come up with this." (His pen name, Gregorius Nekschot, is a mocking tribute to Gregory IX, a 13th-century pope who set up a Vatican department to hunt down and execute heretics. Nekschot means "shot in the neck" in Dutch.) Some Muslim groups have voiced dismay at his arrest as well. The head of an organization of Moroccan preachers in Holland said authorities seemed "more afraid" of offending Islam than Muslims.

Predictably, the cartoonist has now turned into a popular cult figure. Although, judging by these two selections from his website, he's not really the most incisive cultural critic you're likely to come across. Stop turning all these bad cartoonists into martyrs! You fools.

Stupid Netherlands Turns Xenophobic Cartoonist Into Hero

Stupid Netherlands Turns Xenophobic Cartoonist Into Hero

[WSJ]