Titled “De-evolution,” the image by Michael Ramirez parodied the iconic “March of Progress” illustration (below), which shows human evolution as a series of figures evolving from apelike ancestors to modern humans standing erect. Ramirez’s work reverses the order, starting with a modern human and ending with the most devolved figure: a man lying prostrate as if in prayer, labeled with the word “ISIS.”
“It makes it as if ISIS is just your average, mainstream Muslim who’s prostrating in prayer – something we all do – as opposed to what is unique and problematic about them,” said Ahmed Rehab of designated terrorist group CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations).
(Actually, ISIS ‘is’ just your average Muslim. All Muslims prostate themselves the same way, all Muslims follow the same holy book, all Muslims share common beliefs. The ONLY difference is that ISIS believers are better Muslims because they carry out more of the violence/terrorism called for in the quran)
Rehab penned his concerns in a letter that ran in Tuesday’s Chicago Tribune. “The cartoon does a great disservice to Muslims and promotes further Islamophobia,” wrote Mohammed Kaiseruddin, chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, in another letter to the paper. (One can only hope!)
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The man shown prostrating (in a Michael Ramirez cartoon published in Saturday’s Tribune) is not a depiction of ISIS, so the cartoonist had to write ISIS on his clothes. Had the cartoonist worked with a picture that does depict ISIS — for example,the beheading of James Foley — he wouldn't need an identification.