This item is from last August, but I simply haven’t had a chance to get to it until now. The “Americans for Bosnia” blog was caught off-guard by the reaction of Balkan Muslims to the controversial book about Muhammad’s eight year-old wife Aisha:

Monday, August 18, 2008
Serbian Muslim Community Commits Act of Stupidity in name of “Tolerance”

Even as Random House caved in to fears of Muslim anger over the planned publication of a novel on Muhammed’s child wife, a Belgrade publisher has taken similar action due to complaints from Serbia’s Muslim community leader:

Serbia Withdraws Book amid Muslim Anger

This is exactly not what is needed; and shame on the leadership of Serbia’s Muslim community for playing up fears of Muslim “anger” and outrage; not only is this a blow against freedom of speech, it only reinforces stereotypes about Islam that nationalists use against normally moderate Slavic Muslims. A very depressing and disheartening episode all around.

I guess waging a war of aggression to steal a chunk of a country and have it be an Islamic state while convincing yourself that you’re the victim of “Serbian aggression” wasn’t too Muslimy either. That was what the normal and moderate Muslims of Bosnia did. So welcome to your own world, Bosnians. You made this bed; now lie in it. (The other kind of “lie”, since you already did a bunch of lying to get here.)

This was an update to the blog:

Well, it appears that the Grand Mufti is happy with the publisher’s decision to cower in the face of religious extremism:

Serbia’s Muslims Hail Withdrawal of Book

This quote was particularly disturbing:

“Zukorlic assessed this was a good opportunity for the people, regardless of their religious beliefs, to point out the fact that there are values which are not subject to marketing and which must not be desecrated.”

Freedom of thought is not possible when some ideas — and yes, some “values” — are considered untouchable and beyond criticism or discussion. This is a bad day for democracy in Serbia and for Islam in the Slavic world.

If you’re Muslim and you believe in freedom of thought, you’re in the wrong religion. That’s coffee, you’re smelling Mister ‘Americans for Bosnia’ Editor.

Here’s a yummy comment under the post, emphasis added:

Srebrenica Genocide [sic] Blog Editor said…
There is nothing wrong with (a novel on) Muhammed’s child wife. She was 8 years old and at that time it was normal to marry a child. One cannot apply 21st century values with stone age moralism. At that time, these types of marriages were normal and common all over the world. If they married, it doesn’t mean they had sex.

Yeah, and if there’s an Entenmann’s chocolate fudge cake sitting in front of me, that doesn’t mean I’m going to eat it.

Not likely.

More happy news from the region that month:

CROATIANS LIVING IN BOSNIA “GO CRAZY” ABOUT GREEN SIDEWALKS IN SARAJEVO

SARAJEVO, Bosnia (August 19,2008) - The non-governmental organization of the Croatians living in Bosnia “the Croatia Libertas NGO” stated yesterday that the decision to paint the sidewalks green in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo is “a pure provocation”.

“This is a message of intolerance and a perfidious scene of ‘ethnic cleansing’ that was preconceived by Bosnians as a way to drive away people of other ethnicities and religions living in Sarajevo,” said NGO President Leo Pločkinić.

Pločkinić said that nowhere in the world were streets and sidewalks painted green, the color traditionally linked with Islam, not even in Tehran.

“It is clear that Sarajevo wants to be a greater Tehran than the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Iran itself,” Pločkinić surmised.

Sarajevo Mayor Semiha Borovac said that painting the sidewalks and streets green is good for the city, simply because the city lacked greenery.

However,Miro Lazović,one of the leaders of the Bosnian Social-Democratic Union, said that this should not be regarded as provocation, and that the move has been misinterpreted.

“The green sidewalks were meant to mark the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival, and in that context I believe that those who draw some other connotations from the green sidewalks have a political agenda of their own,” he said.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Have fun, Croatians. You worked hard to achieve this reality.