Author fears violent Islamic reactions
If the illustrations in Horus Gilgamesh’s Awkward Moments (Not Found In Your Average) Children’s Bible are anything to go by, his latest project, featuring the Koran, would have been a very welcome addition to a growing list of books that approach religion in an irreverent manner.
But Awkward Moments (Not Found in Your Average) Children’s Koran will not see the light of day. Gilgamesh explains why he pulled the plug on the project:
After a great deal of consideration and wise counsel, I’ve decided to cancel a controversial project we’ve been secretly working on for the past year.
Why? Because of a certain group of fringe maniacal “radical” bullies who equate the transfer of lead and pigments into shapes on paper as blasphemy – punishable by death. I’m quite unhappy to be forced into making this decision and would like to state emphatically that this project is not being cancelled out of any sort of respect for an irrational ancient religion that threatens to silence opposition with death.
No, it is being cancelled because of very rational fears brought on by the reality that such threats are still carried out in 2015 — in the light of day, right under the noses of a modern society. Some things never change, I guess…
Friendly Atheist Hemant Mehta reached out to Gilgamesh for more information and discovered that:
The problem is that the book was nearing completion earlier this year when the Charlie Hebdo attacks occurred. Because two ex-Muslims working on the project got understandably spooked at that point (their lives could be in danger if they’re found to be associated with the project), the release of the book was pushed back. Last month, following the violence at the Draw Muhammad exhibit in Texas, they really pulled back.
So, congratulations, Islam! You’ve managed to oppress yet another infidel into silent submission thanks your religion’s all-too-typical heavy-handed scare tactics. In doing so, you aren’t doing yourself any favors, but simply creating new enemies – those who believe in freedom from the dangerous oppressive religions that continue to impede society today.