Jyllands-Posten Cartoon Controversy
HT: Michelle Malkin
I'm a bit late on this, but Michelle Malkin has been reporting on the media's refusal to publish 12 cartoons that have been deemed offensive by Muslim leaders out of respect for (fear of?)Islam, while showing no reluctance whatsoever in bashing and questioning Christianity at every available opportunity. For the full story, click the link above and keep scrolling.
On the 30th of September 2005 the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Mohammedans raised a storm of protest and two artists went into hiding after receiving death threats. Islamic organisations demanded an apology from the Danish government and the incident turned into a world-wide diplomatic issue. The OIC (the Organisation of the Islamic Conference), the Council of Europe and the UN all criticised the government of Denmark for not taking measures against the newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The Danish prime minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen defended the freedom of the press and free speech and stated that any measures, if appropriate, could not be taken by the government but only by a court of law. Meanwhile in Islamic countries Danish flags are burned and Danish products are taken off the shelves. Several countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Denmark and armed men attacked the office of the EU in the Gaza strip.
Update 02-03-06: Here are thumbnails of the cartoons in question:
Clicking on the image above will take you to Human Events Online. From there you can click on each individual thumbnail for the enlarged version of each cartoon.
Cox and Forkum weigh in:
As for me, I'll start worrying about the sensitivities of Islamic terrorists just as soon as they stop using suicide bombs, airplanes, saws, swords, box cutters and RPG's to kill innocent people who don't cotton to their world view. As to those who are Islamic but not terrorists: If you are doing nothing to denounce the actions
of these terrorists, you too are part of the problem. If extremist Christians in the name of Jesus were doing to you the same as extemist Muslims are doing to us in the name of Allah, I would be first in line in your defense.
Tags: Jyllands-Posten, Jyllands, Cartoons, Denmark, Islam