“Cartoons, Personal Agendas and Denmark”

Here's the conclusion of an informative roundup by Bookish.  The whole post and the often thoughtful comments are well worth reading.bookish » On Cartoons, Personal Agendas and Denmark The cartoons were deliberatedly published to promote an outcry from the Muslim community - particularly the orthodox part of the community. The outcry was desirable for the newspaper in sofar as it would further a political agenda. What nobody had anticipated was that the outcry would spread outside Denmark … [Read more...]

“Portraying prophet from Persian art to South Park”

An interesting article from the The Times Online:"Portraying prophet from Persian art to South Park"While I am not particularly interested in seeing the Prophet (peace be upon him) depicted at all, I do not agree that it should be strictly forbidden.  To the extent there is a prohibition--and this can be debated--it is ultimately a matter of personal conscience.As offensive and distasteful as I find them on a personal level, my grievance against Jyllands-Posten's cartoons is their … [Read more...]

The idiot cavalry arrives

Good grief...Aljazeera.Net - Iran paper plans Holocaust cartoons Iran's largest selling newspaper has announced it is holding a contest on cartoons of the Holocaust in response to the publishing in European papers of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.BTW, this Ahmadinejad bozo is truly a calamity for Iran, and a dream come true for Islamophobes around the globe. … [Read more...]

More on JP’s inconsistency

This article in The Guardian provides more background on the breaking of Jyllands-Posten's refusal a few years ago to run potentially offensive cartoons about Jesus Christ.  [Thanks for the heads-up, Carsten.]This piece left out the juicier (and in some respects more damning) revelations the newspaper's editor strenuously objecting to a , shall we say, sexually charged portrayal of Jesus Christ that I mentioned in my earlier post.  Seems a glaring omission to me.  Could it be that … [Read more...]

Hell in a handbasket

First, Palestinian gunmen in Gaza raided an EU office demanding an apology.  Then the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Syria were burnt down.  Now, a Danish consulate in Lebanon has been set afire inspite of water cannon and tear gas.  Iran's officially boycotting Danish goods.  Fresh protests have broken out in India, Thailand and Malaysia. And general consumer boycott of all things Danish n the Middle East shows no signs of waning. I guess it was just a matter of time … [Read more...]

The myth of Muslim power

Yakoub the Muslim Anarchist captures my scorn for all this Europe-is-under-siege-from-Muslim-extremism rhetoric: To claim publishing these cartoons is in any way a defiant act is like saying shooting fish in a barrel is shark fishing. Europeans have been vomiting all over the Islamic faith since the crusades, and contemporary examples pile layer upon layer of hatred and prejudice - whether it be Rushdie's Satanic Verses or Daniel Pipes' campus watch. Freedom of speech my backside! Well, here's … [Read more...]

Hypocrisy of cartoon architects revealed

Jyllands-Posten's defense has been refuted by its own record. Exhibit A: Rune Engelbreth Larsen reports in "05.02.2006 | JPs dobbeltmoral og Hornbechs kritik" (with my own bland  translation into English following): Nu har Politiken (4.2.2006) afsløret, at JPs dobbeltmoral også viser sig deri, at avisen i 2003 nægtede at bringe en temmelig uskyldig Jesus-tegning (sammenlignet med en dæmoniseret Muhammed med bomber i hovedet) - og med hvilken begrundelse? Daværende søndagsredaktør, … [Read more...]

French newspaper editor sacked for Danish cartoons

The plot thickens: [Thanks to The Predicate] Raymond Lakah, the owner of the French newspaper France Soir, has sacked Jacques Lefranc, the paper’s editor. Yesterday France-Soir republished the twelve controversial Danish Muhammad cartoons (see them all here, halfway down the page). Mr Lakah declared: "We express our apologies to the Muslim community and to all the persons that were shocked by the publication of the cartoons."France, of course, has far more Muslims than Denmark, both r … [Read more...]