Over the Christmas holiday, comedian Denis Leary – known for rapid-fire, politically incorrect standup rants – revived a several-years-old three-minute video from his production company by linking to it on the social network Twitter. The animated video, called "Merry F***ing Christmas," is a parody of the long-running, annual Christmas special featuring Charlie Brown and his "Peanuts" gang. In the course of it, Leary makes a couple of jokes at Christianity's expense and even takes a potshot at Scientologist actor Tom Cruise's well-known contempt for the psychiatric profession. But the primary target of Leary's Christmas satire is, unusually, Islam.
The grim-visaged Ayatollah Khomeini once famously remarked that there is no humor in Islam. Many of his fundamentalist brethren have made that point abundantly clear by rioting, torching, and murdering – or at the very least threatening to do so – whenever Islam and/or its prophet Mohammed is the butt of a joke, as in the notorious Danish cartoons or the "Mohammed" episode of Comedy Central's South Park in 2010. And the West has learned its lesson. We have acquired a finely-tuned sensitivity toward Muslim hair-trigger rage and censor ourselves accordingly now. After all, in the multiculturalist West, everyone's religion, race, sexuality and culture are off-limits from ridicule, except for straight white Christians.