German Catholics offended by “Simpsons”-style cartoon of Vatican

German Catholics call for censorship of seemingly considerably less offensive portrayal of Pope than the Jyllands-Posten cartoons.  Muslims are supposed to take Muhammad with a bomb in his turban in stride at the same time that Catholics are up in arms over the Pope on a pogo stick.  It kind of says it all, doesn't it? Now, I should note that I don't have a problem with Catholics pressuring MTV to drop the series.   Judging by the stills on the website, the programs seems … [Read more...]

Compelling new evidence against Danish government’s handling of the cartoons

Have been too busy to blog lately, alas. A quick update on the Danish cartoon controversy. Just got my hands on a great new book by Rune Engelbreth Larsen and Tøger Seidenfaden called Karikaturkrisen: En undersøgelse af baggrund og ansvar  ("The Cartoon Crisis:  An Study of its background and responsibility") which pretty much demolishes the government's justifications and much of the conventional wisdom about the Danish imam's supposedly inflammatory contribution to the c … [Read more...]

Jyllands-Posten’s noble efforts finally bear fruit

Some considerably less upbeat news from the state of Denmark, and from Jutland, Jylland-Posten's heartland.  The Danish newspaper Politiken reports (my translation): According to Aalborg Police, approximately 110 threating letters have been mailed directly to northern Jutlanders with Muslim-sounding names. "In the past, we have had individual cases of racism but nothing at all on this scale.  So we take it very seriously.  It is deeply tasteless action and a punishable … [Read more...]

Indian Christians: Ban ‘Da Vinci Code’

Ah, a picture is worth a thousand words. And for a change they're about non-Muslims.AFP on Christian demands for censorship:A Christian activist protests against the release of "The DaVinci Code" and "Tickle My Funny Bone" in Mumbai. Russia's Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper said polemics surrounding "The Da Vinci Code" reflect a clash between religious and secular values reminiscent of the recent furor over the Prophet Mohammed cartoons, considered blasphemous by … [Read more...]

The Da Vinci Code protests, or Christians get their “cartoons”

  Speaking of the "Da Vinci Code", protests by offended Christians, particularly Catholics, are happening around the world.  Many are calling for it to be banned, censored, or accompanied by a disclaimer noting that it is a work of fiction. Deja vu all over again.  It'll be interesting to see how many of those who loudly denounced Muslims for supposedly imposing their religious values during the cartoon controversy will speak out against the attempts of some Christians … [Read more...]

Random Platitudes dissects the cartoon row

A Danish academic has provided a series of really informative and insightful posts on the historical backdrop to the cartoon controversy (e.g., Random Platitudes - The "Cartoon Row" dissected -- part 1) .  He gets into detail about recent Danish history and shows the real (and underreported) politico-cultural context to this truly bizarre turn of events.  And, unlike most of the Danish blogs providing intelligent analysis on the matter, he writes in English.Grab a cup of … [Read more...]

Die Zeit on ‘Fortress Denmark’

Germany's Die Zeit weekly has just run a series of withering pieces on Denmark's rising xenophobia,  "In der Festung Dänemark"(which I'm pretty sure means "In Fortress Denmark"). The Danish newspaper Politiken has a summary of the coverage in Danish (appropriately entitled "Tysk magasin hudfletter Danmark", German magazine flays Denmark).  Haven't found a summary in English yet. Some interesting points: I've noted before how I suspected that few Danes … [Read more...]

Christian Science Monitor on protests in Afghanistan

Another example of there being far more than meets the eye to violent protests over the cartoons. Mounting concern over Afghanistan | Cartoon protests are part of an impatience with the problems of drugs, jobs, corruption.[...]The cartoon protests of the past week - which have been the deadliest in the Islamic world - are largely a barometer of domestic frustrations. In the streets of Kabul, Laghman, Maimana, and Bagram, protesters turned their anger on the US, the West, and … [Read more...]