Some Muslim leaders in the Chicago area are calling foul on an editorial cartoon published by the Chicago Tribune on Saturday. Titled "De-evolution," the image by Michael Ramirez parodied the iconic " March of Progress" illustration, 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 the Council on American Islamic Relations. Rehab penned his concerns in a letter that ran in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune.