Michael Leunig, one of Australia's favourite cartoonists, has been the victim of a cruel fraud. Recently published cartoons originating in Denmark, which have drawn the ire of Islamic communities, were initiated to test freedom of speech issues. In return, an Iranian newspaper is now calling for cartoons denigrating the holocaust to test freedom of speech issues in Western nations. Someone fraudulently posted a cartoon purporting to be by Leunig. It is now reported that this cartoon has been withdrawn. Needless, to say Leunig is upset about this 'set-up' and is feeling rather wounded. Some people say they don't get Leunig, don't understand some of his stuff. Clearly, there are people who do - and don't like it and can't stand him, to put it mildly. I can't help wondering if the fraud is some sort of fall out from the Jewish hatred of Leunig expressed recently which I posted about here.
Some one(s) clearly has/have a vested interest in discrediting Leunig. What better way to do it? Clearly, those who wield the pen are not necessarily sissies but frequently exhibit a great strength. They have the ability to affect the minds and opinions of people. To his great credit, Michael Leunig does just this. Even his own newspaper, The Age, finds him a bit much at times. Leunig discussed this last year at Writers at Como. As he pointed out then, there are those who take bulldozers to mow down ancient forests. He uses a pen to express thoughts and ideas and they think he's a bit much! Leunig is clearly effective. His humanitarian, peaceful, spiritual, and anti-war, anti-consumerism stance is hated and unwelcome in some very powerful quarters. This sort of treatment has always been meted out to the prophets.