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Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in U.S.
The Muslim-themed comic series 'The 99' has been blasted by a small group of critics of Islam in the United States.
October 5th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in U.S.

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Naif Al-Mutawa anticipated a struggle when he launched an Islam-inspired comic book series that he hoped would become a symbol of toleration.

He worried about the comics being banned in Saudi Arabia - which wound up happening, briefly – and he expected to be challenged by conservatives in Islam, since Al-Mutawa wanted to buck the trend of Islamic culture being directly tied to the Koran.

But it wasn’t an Islamic cleric that stalled the series, called “The 99,” after the 99 attributes of Allah, which the superheroes are supposed to embody.

It is the American market, and the voices of Islam’s Western critics, that have caused the most problems for “The 99,” says Al-Mutawa, who is the focus of a PBS documentary airing next week.

In 2010, President Barack Obama called the comic books, which debuted in 2006, “the most innovative response” to America’s expanding dialogue with the Muslim world, which Obama has encouraged. The series features 99 superheroes from across the globe who team up to combat villains and who embody what Al-Mutawa calls basic human values like trust and generosity.

But Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti-born clinical psychologist and graduate of Columbia Business School, says a vocal minority have raised surprising questions about American tolerance of Islam.

Meeting resistance

The idea for “The 99” started during a conversation in a London cab between Al-Mutawa and his sister. It took off, although slowly, after Al-Mutawa raised $7 million from 54 investors across four continents.

The first issue was released during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2006. The comic book was quickly banned in Saudi Arabia and Al-Mutawa received threats of fatwas against him and his project from clerics. But Saudi Arabia eventually lifted the ban and the television adaptation of “The 99” will be aired there this year.

Al-Mutawa and his team have now raised more than $40 million in venture capital for the project.

But when word leaked that The Hub, a Discovery Channel cable and satellite television venture, purchased the series and planned to air it in the United States, the response from conservative bloggers and authors was swift.

A burqa-wearing superhero?

Pamela Geller, founder of the Atlas Shrugs blog, called the series, part of the “ongoing onslaught of cultural jihad,” and created a counter-comic strip that made the 19 hijackers behind the September 11, 2001 attacks the superheroes.

New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser, meanwhile, urged readers to “Hide your face and grab the kids. Coming soon to a TV in your child’s bedroom is a posse of righteous, Sharia-compliant Muslim superheroes - including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa.”

According to Al-Mutawa, the criticism spooked The Hub. “All of a sudden we couldn't get an airdate and I was asked to be patient and we have been,” Al-Mutawa said. “But it has been a year and the actual push-back died down.”

Mark Kern, Senior Vice President of Communication for The Hub, told CNN that “‘The 99’ is one of the many shows we have on the possible schedule, but at this time, no decisions have been made about scheduling.”

Al-Mutawa isn’t shy about responding to the criticism his comics have received in the U.S. “There is nothing different from them and the extremists in my country,” he says. “They are just as bad. They are just intellectual terrorists.”

Geller, author of the book “Stop the Islamization of America,” called Al-Mutawa’s statement “ridiculous victimhood rhetoric.”

“He is the one mainstreaming oppression and discrimination,” Geller says. “I work for equality of rights for all people. So which one of us is the intellectual terrorist?”

Geller also takes issue with Al-Mutawa’s assertion that “The 99” exemplifies “moderation” and “toleration,” pointing to a “burqa-wearing superhero.”

But Al-Mutawa says criticisms of burqas are evidence that, “for some people anything to do with Islam is bad.”

“How cliché is it that characters created to promote tolerance are getting shot down by extremists,” he says.

Chronicling the ordeal

Al-Mutawa’s frustrations are chronicled in the new documentary “Wham! Bam! Islam!,” which will air on PBS on October 13 as part of the Independent Lens series.

The film’s director, Isaac Solotaroff, began shooting before the comic was released.

He said that one of the most surprising aspects of the story is how “a very small group of people who scream very loud, have a disproportionate share of the public discourse when it comes to culture.”

Echoing Al-Mutawa, Solotaroff calls it a case of the tail wagging the dog. He says that initial concerns of censorship in the Middle East began to change as the project progressed.

“We were waiting for a fatwa from a cleric in Saudi Arabia, Solotaroff says,” when it ended up being the U.S. market that has been resistant to “The 99.”

“Realizing that The 99 will not survive if focused solely on the Middle East, Al-Mutawa must now target an international and predominantly non-Muslim market,” reads the website for “Wham! Bam! Islam!”

Citing The Hub holdup, Solotaroff says the project is now stuck in the most important market” for “The 99.”

Al-Mutawa is also trying to gain distribution for his TV series in France and other countries, but his main focus remains the United States.

“One way or the other,” he says, “‘The 99’ will get on air in the U.S.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Books • Islam • TV

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  1. REBEL WITH A CAUSE

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    October 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  2. Victor

    It should be 98 (* moon star and not 99 (( moon moon.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Muneef

      The moon is of the Islamic Calendar only and has nothing else...the Crossent and the star in location represents the month of Ramadan...the 99 represents the most beautiful names of GOD Allah...they are the names that who memorizes them in the right order and repeatedly recites them is promised paradise...

      October 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
    • Reality

      The nitty-gritty of Mohammed and his god:

      Mohammed was an illiterate, womanizing, lust and greed-driven, warmongering, hallucinating Arab, who also had embellishing/hallucinating/plagiarizing scribal biographers who not only added "angels" and flying chariots to the koran but also a militaristic agenda to support the plundering and looting of the lands of non-believers.

      This agenda continues as shown by the ma-ssacre in Mumbai, the as-sas-sinations of Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh, the conduct of the seven Muslim doctors in the UK, the 9/11 terrorists, the 24/7 Sunni suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the 24/7 Shiite suicide/roadside/market/mosque bombers, the Islamic bombers of the trains in the UK and Spain, the Bali crazies, the Kenya crazies, the Pakistani “koranics”, the Palestine suicide bombers/rocketeers, the Lebanese nutcases, the Taliban nut jobs, the Ft. Hood follower of the koran, and the Filipino “koranics”.

      And who funds this allah muck and stench of terror? The warmongering, Islamic, Shiite terror and torture theocracy of Iran aka the Third Axis of Evil and also the Sunni "Wannabees" of Saudi Arabia.

      Current crises:

      The Sunni-Shiite blood feud and the warmongering, womanizing (11 wives), hallucinating founder.

      October 6, 2011 at 11:34 pm |
    • Muneef

      Only GOD Allah is Perfect...Prophets&Messengers of GOD were less than Perfect but the rest of the Human beings were/ are not perfect at all... Humans are to spiritually ascend the heavenly ladder to become as perfect as they can reach on the scale... And this does not come easy but rather by hard work of worship,reading and researches...!! Before it was knowledge&education that made levels among the human beings...but today it became more about wealth&power not minding ignorance...!

      October 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,

      We see you are still suffering from the Three B Syndrome so once again, The Cure:

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him)
      alone."
      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      October 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,======================================

      We see you are still suffering from the Three B Syndrome so once again, The Cure:

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      October 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Reality

      Muneef, Muneef, Muneef,======================================

      The Cure:

      The Five Steps To Deprogram 1400 Years of Islamic Myths:
      ( –The Steps take less than two minutes to finish- simply amazing, two minutes to bring peace and rationality to over one billion lost souls- Priceless!!!)

      Are you ready?

      Using "The 77 Branches of Islamic "faith" a collection compiled by Imam Bayhaqi as a starting point. In it, he explains the essential virtues that reflect true "faith" (iman) through related Qur’anic verses and Prophetic sayings." i.e. a nice summary of the Koran and Islamic beliefs.

      The First Five of the 77 Branches:

      "1. Belief in Allah"

      aka as God, Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Mother Nature, etc. should be added to your cleansing neurons.

      "2. To believe that everything other than Allah was non-existent. Thereafter, Allah Most High created these things and subsequently they came into existence."

      Evolution and the Big Bang or the "Gi-b G-nab" (when the universe starts to recycle) are more plausible and the "akas" for Allah should be included if you continue to be a "crea-tionist".

      "3. To believe in the existence of angels."

      A major item for neuron cleansing. Angels/de-vils are the mythical creations of ancient civilizations, e.g. Hitt-ites, to explain/define natural events, contacts with their gods, big birds, sudden winds, protectors during the dark nights, etc. No "pretty/ug-ly wingy thingies" ever visited or talked to Mohammed, Jesus, Mary or Joseph or Joe Smith. Today we would classify angels as f–airies and "tin–ker be-lls". Modern de-vils are classified as the de-mons of the de-mented.

      "4. To believe that all the heavenly books that were sent to the different prophets are true. However, apart from the Quran, all other books are not valid anymore."

      Another major item to delete. There are no books written in the spirit state of Heaven (if there is one) just as there are no angels to write/publish/distribute them. The Koran, OT, NT etc. are simply books written by humans for humans.

      Prophets were invented by ancient scribes typically to keep the un-educated masses in line. Today we call them for-tune tellers.

      Prophecies are also invali-dated by the natural/God/Allah gifts of Free Will and Future.

      "5. To believe that all the prophets are true. However, we are commanded to follow the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) alone."

      Mohammed spent thirty days "fasting" (the Ramadan legend) in a hot cave before his first contact with Allah aka God etc. via a "pretty wingy thingy". Common sense demands a neuron deletion of #5. #5 is also the major source of Islamic vi-olence i.e. turning Mohammed's "fast, hunger-driven" hallu-cinations into horrible reality for unbelievers.

      Walk these Five Steps and we guarantee a complete recovery from your Islamic ways!!!!

      Unfortunately, there are not many Muslim commentators/readers on this blog so the "two-minute" cure is not getting to those who need it. If you have a Muslim friend, send him a copy and help save the world.

      Analogous steps are available at your request for deprogramming the myths of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Paganism..

      October 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • Muneef

      Hmm.
      Just wonder which words that got you so mad to post not only my name 3times but rather the same post three times in a row for the first time in 13 calendar months in crossing paths with you?

      What ever the words were they were posted in good intentions!   
      But let me add this, they say;
      "Verily the men of knowledge are the inheritors of the prophets". 

      Which means knowledge comes with working hard to enable seeing and truly admire the work of GOD the Creator...Who's first message was to Muhammed s.a.w ""Read,Read,Read"....

      Only such as those are on the top levels and no Kings are equal to them in honor and respect by humanity...
      Scroll through the link;

      http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/igc/knowledge.htm

      October 7, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  3. Matthew Jandecka

    Sounds just as bad as the remake of Wonder Woman NBC was working on... or worse yet Captain Planet!

    October 6, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  4. midnight

    It's no surprise Islamic clerics are more receptive of this than average Americans. The comic promotes Islam after all.

    October 6, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
    • Muneef

      Making fun of some thing is not promoting it but rather destroying it's spirituality...or have found Alla Aldeen and the magic lamp as promoting Islam? Or Sindbad ? It is different between making fun and promoting...!

      October 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm |
  5. 3boody

    please when you talk about islam be critical you dont like non-christian to talk about deep things of christianity easily . why do you always want to say that everything you do not have or own is wrong? what if it was right ?aha>> so please do not talk about islam like this unless you know islam totally . Islam is the greatest religion because you make you happy all the time whether you are rich or poor . whether you are successful(in life) or you are a loser . so please figure out what the real islam is then give your opinion about it . a last example , take for instance , a young child from iraq , does not know the fear taste and suddenly all his life turned out by who? by america o–o will you expect him (who did not know so much about usa previously ) to believe that usa is a great country or even a good country pllllzzzzzzzzz ansswer

    October 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Muneef

      Actually it is a race between USA,Russia,China as to who will have more lands at strategic locations & preferably if rich with natural resources "Oil,Minirals & Fresh Waters"...!

      October 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
  6. kid not

    Why is it that these guys don't allow basic freedom of expression for any other religion in their parts of the world? but still insist on pushing their agenda on people elsewhere?

    October 6, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
    • Lycidas

      Who are "these guys"?

      October 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm |
    • Sagan

      the Islamis think shoving down whateva crap they got is a universal right .Yet, when it comes to other religions it is their selective right to ban religious expression of anyone else that is not a moslem.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Lycidas

      If those Muslims are US citizens..then they have the right to express themselves.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm |
    • kid not

      freedom of expression is 'Univeral' not 'Selective'

      October 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm |
    • Lycidas

      And I am sure that those citizens that are Muslim would support your right to expression. What is your problem anyway?

      October 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • kid not

      The issue is with selective reasoning, if one does'nt know what it means to have the freedom to express, one does not appreciate how to encourage others to have one.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm |
    • Lycidas

      The sad truth is..we shouldn't care what other ppl do outside the borders of our nation. Nor should we hold citizens of muslim or arab affiliation accountable for the behavior of others.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
    • kid not

      That is right, your selective reasoning applies within borders how convenient.You can enjoy your freedom anywhere in this world as a Muslim, While the rest of the infidels do not have that luxury.

      What makes you think you are so special to enjoy that privelage?

      October 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • midnight

      Glad you brought that up.

      Maldives bans proselytizing of all religions except Islam
      http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/38273

      October 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Lycidas

      "What makes you think you are so special to enjoy that privelage?"

      Well...for one thing, I am not a Muslim so you can relax on that part kid. And I enjoy the rights I have because I am an American. I hope for the best for other nations but I don't feel it's for us to decide. Look at the Wiemar Republic as an example of us (Western Powers) trying to enforce a concept like democracy onto a ppl that did not want it. Disasterous.

      October 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
  7. Muneef

    The_Holy_Quran_English.pdf
    Size: 29.6 MB
    Expires: November 4, 2011 4:41:00 AM PDT
    DOWNLOAD

    https://www.yousendit.com/download/T2dkeVdobEEwMEZ2TzhUQw?locale=en_US&s=301019&cid=pm-03002124310600000000%3b301019

    October 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  8. belze

    Number 9 is a satanic cult!!!!

    October 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Coco

      Did Mohammad marry a 9 year old?

      October 6, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Muneef

      Well heard that Jesus s.a.w and Abraham Lincoln had some experience with number 9....!!

      October 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
    • Muneef

      Properties of the number 9
      Symbolism
      http://www.ridingthebeast.com/numbers/nu9.php
      http://www.biblestudy.org/bibleref/meaning-of-numbers-in-bible/9.html

      October 6, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
    • Darwin

      Yes, 9 is the cultist number that worships satan

      October 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • Lobo Labbit

      Yes, Level 9 is the chop your head off level. You can't have useful idiots to pay you AND do your dirty work of chopping heads off unless you get them to worship Muhammad (Mahomet) (Baphomet) (Shaytan). You don't want to go to jail do you? Have someone else pay you, chop heads off, and go to jail all for you! Awesome! Plus it becomes ok for level 9 fat old bearded men to diddle 9 year olds. Then you can blame it all on Muslims like they already do. 9 is such a wise choice for a comic intended to spread peace, understanding, and good dentistry. Not everyone wears the chop your head off apron at level 9 though.

      October 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  9. Aaron L.

    We won't put up with Islamicisation of the secular west. No sir, never.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
  10. What

    Wham bam islam!, where are those virgins? wham bam 10q ma'am

    October 6, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
    • Air

      The 'virgins' are lined up for those jihadis.

      October 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  11. ski2exs

    And BTW, the fact that most GERMANS were Christians, has nothing to do with the fact that the Nazi party had no favoritism towards religion, and moreso, regarded it as another 'obsticle' it need to overcome in it's quest towards a 'superior' race. Most people today will never understand why it was that Nazism happened to chose the Germans to play it's part for evil, more than it was the Germans choosing Nazism.

    October 6, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
    • ski2exs

      Sorry, this was meant for Nazi sympathizer "Doc" from an earlier post

      October 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  12. Dave Davis

    God bless you "Surrounded" I fear we are only wasting our efforts here. Nevertheless, I come here to read the posts and make the occasional reply. I think the "times has come when men will not endure sound doctrine, but will heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears...." People will turn away their ears from the Truth" of God's Word. The Liberal watchdogs and their cohorts among the atheist crowd gang around these sites to crow about the great falling away and all the church-houses that sit empty without realising that this is a DIRECT fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Jesus said:" Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith on the earth?" Continue to read and to study your Bible, Pray everyday and find someone who is willing to hear your Witness. If you do these things, you will never fall. Study the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. This is the Foundation of New Testament Truth. Look and see how the early Church lived, how they taught, and how they baptised. What NAME was used in Baptism? God bless you and God bless America!

    October 6, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • king of the rednecks

      you are dumb, the country you speak of does not exist! move on to the next post people, this guy (above comment) is a retard!

      October 6, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
  13. Kay

    A small group of intolerant extremists did it. And now you're being a frightened intolerant extremist yourself condemning *all* Muslims. Fear has made you a coward. That's very sad.

    And demanding that the Koran be rewritten to suit *your* desires. Out of curiosity, have you ever actually *read* the Koran? All of it? Or are you simply going by what others like you have said about bits and pieces of it taken out of context and given an emphasis that isn't actually there.

    (By the way, what on earth are you referring to by "today's 24/7 mosque/imam-planned acts of terror and horror"?????)

    October 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  14. Awkward Situations

    Fun Facts:

    The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening – Agnostic

    Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane – Atheist

    South Park creator, Matt Stone – Atheist

    All Shows – Awesome!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Jay Garrick

      Now plz show that all those animated shows are "awesome" due to their creator's religious preference. Heck..I would be impressed if you could show by science how they are "awesome" at all.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      I watched a few of the episodes of these three shows. Of the three, "Family" guy was the ugliest toward the Christian Believers. The garbage being hawked at the younger generation through these shows doesn't speak very well even for atheists. This Family Guy right here will never let that other "family" guy into MY Christian Home via any means of media. Period.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Aaron L.

      That Dave Davis guy doesn't understand that the show was a cartoon and meant to be humorous. News flash, the Earth is 4.6 billion years old.

      October 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Jay Garrick

      Way to be a jerk there Aaron.

      October 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Atheist comedians and writers are funny, plain and simple. But you religious folks will never see the genius of the comedy behind those three AWESOME programs because you see the world through a dense filter inside tunnel vision. Most of us heathens used to practice religion so we know very well what religion vision is like. Perfect example – Dave Davis.

      Not believing in sky gods and supersti</itions gives us superpowers to see through bullshit in most all arenas of human society. It's a treasure trove of hilarity which is why those 3 particular shows have done so well and have thrived for so long. Cheerio.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Jay Garrick

      @Awkward Situations- Thanks for not answering the request.
      Now plz show that all those animated shows are "awesome" due to their creator's religious preference. Heck..I would be impressed if you could show by science how they are "awesome" at all.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      @Jay Garrick: What are you talking about? Atheists don't have preference for any religion and atheism isn't a religion. Also, my statement was an opinion. I'm not going to get into some retarded debate about why those shows are so awesome.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:37 pm |
    • Jay Garrick

      That's all I wanted. It was an opinion that has nothing to do with reality. And plz note..I never called atheism a religion dipwad but was lumping them all under the ideal of a religious preference...which happens to be none in some cases.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm |
  15. The LORD

    So....we can't pick up the print version of this in the U.S.?? I went to the wesite and it looks like you can download it digitally (which I will do) but there has to be some way to find this in print....I mean, the U.S. doesn't ban books, right?

    October 6, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • S

      I've seen it in comic book stores periodically, so your local store can probably order it for you.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  16. THE ALMIGHTY SUN

    YOU OWE ME YOUR LIVES! ALL LIFE ON YOUR SAD LITTLE PLANET IS OWED TO ME!

    October 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Yep!

      Forget Jesus. The stars died so you could be here today! – Lawrence Krauss

      Actually, dying stars. The heat generated in stars going nova is responsible for the heavier elements. If not for them, only hydrogen and helium would exist.

      And then there is our own sun, which gives us life. Every living thing actually eats our star.

      Much of the mythical Jesus may be taken from the worship of sun gods that preceded Him (Horus, Mithra etc.).

      Good post!

      Cheers to you!

      Cheers!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
    • hippypoet

      lol, thank you. i try, i preach the ALMIGHTY SUN atleast 4 maybe 6 times a day, unless provoke- then its on! and yes i know how much we really do owe the SUN. most people are just dumb people too steeped in there ignorance to acknowledge anything else then what there parents told them, because you know, they were never wrong!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      glad to see you all can stay on topic

      October 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
    • ALMIGHTY SUN

      WHATS A MATTER BARRY? FEELING COLD? LET ME WARM YOU UP! JUST REMEMBER, THAT FACT THAT YOU WAKE UP IN THE MORNING IS TESTIMENT TO ME AND MY FREELY GIVEN REUSEBLE ENERGY!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      Soo..your Aten eh? Not really that impressed.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • ALMIGHTY SUN

      YOUR GOD GIVES YOU NOTHING BUT EMPTY PROMISES AND THREATS, I JUST GIVE FREE ENERGY. AND YOU CAN SEE AND FEEL ME, WHAT ABOUT YOUR EMPTY LOSER god?

      October 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      I have not claimed any diety. You are in error.
      And nothing is free...eventually the sun will burn out or perhaps even form a black hole. Aten would know this.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • hippypoet

      yes of course the SUN only has to much to give, but the SUN is still giving it freely, freely as in not asking for anything in return. And we are not Eyptian, so Aton, thats how it is spelt, is not the GOD we are talking about, THE ALMIGHTY SUN is its name, i should know, i am the prophet of the ALMIGHTY SUN!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      Actually...it is Aten more often than Aton. Reference Akhenaten...note the spelling of his name.
      To give implies purpose behind one's actions. There is no evidence of this here. It is an action not unlike many billions of other G-type stars.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • hippypoet

      yes i know the eyptian pharaho, i can't spell very good myself, that created it, he combine Amon Ra, first you get AmonRa, then he tweek it a bit more, adding his name to it as you stated, now it becomes Aton, the SUN disk, as exact translation as i can get using my knowledge, however i could very easily be wrong on this. i have only done a surface study of ancient nile cultures. i focused more on sheba and the lower kindoms of the blue nile.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • hippypoet

      i don't agree with you thou that something given implies purpose... it was was given you could argue that something not living can not give anything, it does give off but in a different definition of the word, so again, i am wrong in that aspect, but i pretent that THE ALMIGHTY SUN is a GOD so in that case, it gives us free reuseble energy..does it make more sense to that end now. its hard to argue for both non god existence and the SUN being a GOD, but i mannage. 🙂

      October 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      You fail because the energy is not given to all. It is also not reusable of itself.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • Dave Davis

      Well, well. Mr.Hippy Dippy. Are you not just the best and the brightest that atheism has to offer? There will be a Day when the Sun will be turned into darkness.......

      October 6, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • hippypoet , the prophet

      no no no , i never said that the ALMIGHY SUN'S energy is reuseble of itself, it is reuseble because of us and our modern selves! And yes the energy is given to all, one must remember the law of conservation of matter and energy for how it gets to everyone.

      as for mr Dave Davis

      "Well, well. Mr.Hippy Dippy. Are you not just the best and the brightest that atheism has to offer? There will be a Day when the Sun will be turned into darkness......."

      whats your point davis? all things die, its the final end for all things, but the energy is never ending, it will keep on keepin on! darkness is the true light of the world, once one understands light.

      October 6, 2011 at 6:38 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      One needs to be aware of such beings as the Desulforudis audaxviator. They do not get any benefit from the sun. You are in error. And how one uses a natural resource can hardly be attributed to that resource.

      October 6, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • hippypoet , the prophet

      yeah i know about that type of bacteria,it lives like a mile under the earths crust.... but without the SUN there would be no planet with the bacteria you speak of. THE ALMIGHTY SUN'S importantance goes well beyond just energy pushed forth towards the earth. Also the chemicals that the bacteria feeds off of would not exist if the SUN's gravit!tational pull on the space around it which created the earth wasn't there in the first place. That energy at the begining was just the start of a long friendship. so in short, your wrong, again. but that was atleast the best attempt at disproving the SUN's ALMIGHTY POWER.

      October 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
    • hippypoet , the prophet

      "And how one uses a natural resource can hardly be attributed to that resource." thats not what i said, i said the resoucre is there, how we use it if we even use it is up to us. BUT we if we like it or not, use it everyday, its called air!

      October 6, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      "but without the SUN there would be no planet with the bacteria you speak of."

      ~Ah..but it is not the physical form that you have been bragging on but the energy of the sun. Now now...you cannot just jump from energy output to bulk mass on a whim. I say this...if the sun was suddenly gone...the bacteria would survive.

      "THE ALMIGHTY SUN'S importantance goes well beyond just energy pushed forth towards the earth. Also the chemicals that the bacteria feeds off of would not exist if the SUN's gravit!tational pull on the space around it which created the earth wasn't there in the first place."

      ~You are grasping for straws. The chemical makeup of our solar system is not dependant upon the sun. The sun is just a part of that makeup.

      "That energy at the begining was just the start of a long friendship. so in short, your wrong, again. but that was atleast the best attempt at disproving the SUN's ALMIGHTY POWER."

      ~I have yet to be shown how I am wrong. Posturing proves nothing.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
    • Barry Allan

      "how we use it if we even use it is up to us. BUT we if we like it or not, use it everyday, its called air!"

      Maybe you would like to explain to us how a G-type star produces nitrogen, oxygen and all the other components of "air" for our planent. This should be fun.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  17. D

    I can respect someone who tries to show tolerance to this and just let it be. Too bad some people don't know better.

    October 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  18. Awkward Situations

    Remember when South Park got threats for trying to air a cartoon depiction of their muslim prophet? LOL.

    There should be no reason that this cartoon can't air in the US. It still has to create profits and advertisement revenue for the television company that airs it. If it can't generate that it will be cancelled just like any other shitty show without viewers on the air. So what, let them make their bed.

    I'm actually curious to see what their episodes are like. I imagine it will be pretty hilarious. An unintended consequence as a result of it appearing more like satire than anything else. Oh, the hilarity! Poe's Law, anybody?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Just for laughs, cheers!

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW2wrWfIV3c&w=640&h=360]

      October 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm |
    • response

      Argh, bad link above.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNtDrUhcKyQ&w=640&h=360]

      October 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Lobo Labbit

      Laughably ridiculous. This would be like Christian heroes flying around in a Marvel or DC comic. The embarrassing irony would be enough to pay attention, kind of like watching one of those civil court shows on TV where people are very low class and ignorant.

      October 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  19. snow

    Wait.. so you have like a gazillion superheros who wear masks to not reveal who they really are.. Spiderman, Batman, daredevil, etc.. But you have problem when a woman superhero wears a burqa?

    Also, you don't have problems with christian superheros like Bibleman.. but got a problem with this? Hypocritical, much?

    October 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
    • Lobo Labbit

      Who is Bibleman? Sounds stupid.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  20. Lobo Labbit

    That man is not sharia. Anyone who does not strictly adhere to sharia goes to jail and punished in Islamic countries. I love how Americans who dated a Muslim suddenly go on the fierce defense of cultures they know absolutely nothing about except for the false impression they are given to get them in bed. Face it, you know that is the truth. If someone wants to make a subversive propaganda magazine, so be it. When they explore Islam, they will find it extremely harsh, judgemental, with a dark side of hatred infused within it. It is like so many religions like right wing extremist Christian wackos. Don't support such religious propaganda garbage. It isn't even accurate to Muslims and Islam. This comic is like the Chinese Communist propaganda movement saying The Great Leap Forward propelled them forward when in fact many people starved to death because Communism is just a front for the government to steal everything. That being said, people are free to believe anything in the USA. The beauty of it is that you are free to make a fool of yourself.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
    • surrounded by ignorance

      You act as if you are an actual Muslim. Like you know exactly what the religion is based on, and the right way that Muslims are supposed to be following. But obviously from your ignorant and arrogant words, you know nothing at all. Don't bash what you don't know. Get some real incite, and actually learn what the religion is about, then come back and give an opinion. I am a junior in high school and even I can see the stupidity of your harsh words. Get your facts straight, then preach like a preacher.

      October 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @surrounded by ignorance

      You said: "I am a junior in high school and even I can see the stupidity of your harsh words. Get your facts straight, then preach like a preacher."

      Dude! If you are REALLY in junior high, you should not be commenting here. I love to debate, but when the person I was going to debate told me they were in High School, I declined. I believe very strongly in NOT interfering with what a young person is being taught by their parents.

      You will have plenty of time to examine your beliefs.

      Cheers to you!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • Kay

      Lobo...You haven't a clue what you're talking about when you refer to sharia, so please don't pretend you do.

      (And, David Johnson...the idea you won't debate a high school student because you don't want to interfere with what he's being taught by his parents is absurd...and very insulting to that young person. He (or she) didn't say he was being home schooled. You have no idea of what his parents do or don't think, or what they are or aren't teaching him. And you're insulting his intelligence and ability to think for himself. The remark about preaching was obviously directed at Lobo, not a commentary on what this young person's faith might or might not be.)

      October 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • Lobo Labbit

      We have a mind reader and a high schooler here!! Certain experts. Tell me all about me, Kay. Better yet, tell us what Sharia Law is Kay.

      October 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Kay

      I debate who I will Kay. Much like all the boys who chose not to date you in high school. If I was trying to brainwash my child into believing in a demigod, I would be grateful to people who didn't point out to them, that their demigod has no loin cloth. It is a matter of respect.

      Cheers!

      October 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
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