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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill

Are you guys following the cartoon controversy?


This is all a Danish news paper said:

The modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position, insisting on special consideration of their own religious feelings. It is incompatible with contemporary democracy and freedom of speech, where you must be ready to put up with insults, mockery and ridicule. It is certainly not always attractive and nice to look at, and it does not mean that religious feelings should be made fun of at any price, but that is of minor importance in the present context. [...] we are on our way to a slippery slope where no-one can tell how the self-censorship will end. That is why Morgenavisen Jyllands-Posten has invited members of the Danish editorial cartoonists union to draw Muhammad as they see him.

The result:

A group of Danish Imams lobbied decision-makers in the Middle East. A large consumer boycott was organised in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and other Middle East countries. Rumours spread via SMS and word-of-mouth. The foreign ministers of seventeen Islamic countries renewed calls for the Danish government to punish those responsible for the cartoons, and to ensure that such cartoons are not published again. The Organization of the Islamic Conference and the Arab League have demanded that the United Nations impose international sanctions upon Denmark and that the EU introduce blasphemy laws. Numerous protests against the cartoons have taken place, some of them violent. On February 4, 2006, the buildings containing the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Syria were set ablaze, although no one was hurt. In Beirut the Danish General Consulate was set on fire, resulting in the death of one protester inside the complex. Deaths have also been reported in riots in Afghanistan. As of February 13, 2006, at least 13 people have been killed in the protests.

Read on here to see those cartoons and their meaning.

1 Comments:

  • Yeah heard about them...personally think the muslim religious outfits are too touchy...

    When MF Hussain painted all the hindu gods naked...I wonder why the hindus kept quiet..

    By Blogger Surya, at 2/15/2006 3:36 PM  

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