Muslims outraged

For all the Religious Right political influence and the cultural weight of the most mindless forms of Christianity in the United States, at least it’s not a Muslim country.

After a Danish and a Norwegian newspaper printed a couple of cartoons less-than-fully-respectful of Muhammad, Muslims the world over are indulging their sense of outrage, demanding that Denmark and Norway somehow censor or otherwise punish the newspaper or the cartoonists. Some comments sent to the Turkish newspaper I read online huff about how the Scandinavians pretend to be so concerned about human rights yet they let the religious sensibilities of a billion Muslims be offended. There are calls for boycotts of Scandinavian products, and even some violence.

Here’s some English-language news about it from the Guardian, buried at the end of a story about the Middle East.

gunmen from the al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade – a Fatah offshoot – held the EU building in Gaza for half an hour this morning.

The gunmen said they wanted an apology from Denmark and Norway for the publication in a Danish and Norwegian newspaper of cartoons showing Muhammad with a bomb-shaped turban on his head.

Islamic tradition bars any depiction of the prophet, even respectful ones, out of concern that such images could lead to idolatry.

The cartoons have sparked protests, flag burnings and boycotts of Danish products throughout the Muslim world. On Sunday, Palestinian protesters burned Danish flags in two West Bank towns.

The Danish Jyllands-Posten newspaper has refused to apologise for the publication on the grounds of freedom of speech. The Norwegian evangelical newspaper Magazinet reprinted the cartoons in the name of defending free expression.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16826768452963498005 Jim Lippard

    Apparently they fail to recognize the irony in protesting that cartoon by holding hostages at gunpoint.

    When the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, initially published these cartoons last October, they had to hire guards for their building and some of the cartoonists went into hiding. The newspaper’s editor stated, “We live in a democracy. That’s why we can use all the journalistic methods we want to. Satire is accepted in this country, and you can make caricatures.”

    In response to this, a Danish imam, Raed Hlayhel, stated “This type of democracy is worthless for Muslims. Muslims will never accept this kind of humiliation. The article has insulted every Muslim in the world.”

    The Pakistani religious party Jamaat-e-Islami put a bounty on the head of the cartoonists, prompting a travel advisory from the Danish government telling its citizens not to travel to Pakistan.

    http://catallarchy.net/blog/archives/2005/12/05/rottenness-brewing/

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08026334505132729732 Steven Carr

    Adjust your irony meters…

    There was a letter in the London Times, signed by lots and lots of Muslim clerics, demanding that Muslims have the right to denounce and demonise homosexuality.

    I quote :-

    All Britons, whether they are in favour of homosexuality or not, should be allowed to freely express their views in an atmosphere free of intimidation or bullying. We cannot claim to be a truly free and open society while we are trying to silence dissenting views.

    HABIBUR RAHMAN
    President, Islamic Forum
    Europe

    ABDUL HAMEED QURESHI
    Lancashire Council of Mosques

    MAWLANA ABDUL HADI UMRI,
    Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadith, Birmingham

    MAWLANA RASHID RABBANI,
    Jamiat-e-Ulama, Bradford

    MAWLANA MUHAMMAD ADAM,
    Bolton Council of Mosques

    ABDUL KARIM GHEEWALA
    Federation of Muslim Organisations, Leicestershire

    MAWLANA BOSTAN QADRI,
    Confederation of Sunni Mosques, Birmingham

    IMA ABDUL QADIR BARKATULLAH
    North Finchley Mosque, London

    DR SUHAIB HASAN,
    Islamic Shariah Council

    MR ZAHIR BIRAWI,
    Grand Mosque, Leeds

    IMAM DR ABDUL JALIL SAJID,
    Council of Mosques, London and Southern Counties

    DR MUNIR AHMED,
    Islamic Society of Britain

    MR AHMED SHEIKH,
    Muslim Association of Britain

    MR IDRIS MEARS,
    Association of Muslim Schools

    DR ABDUL FATTAH SAEED,
    Al Muntada al Islami, London

    DR YUNES TEINAZ,
    Regent’s Park Mosque, London

    DR HAFIZ AL-KARMI,
    Mayfair Islamic Centre, London

    MR ISMAIL PATEL,
    Friends of al-Aqsa

    DR MANAZIR AHSAN,
    Islamic Foundation, Leicester

    DR AHMAD HASAN,
    World Federation of Khoja Shia Ithnasheri Muslim Community

    MR MUNAWWAR RATTANSI,
    Council of European Jamaats

    MR YOUSUF BHAILOK,
    Former Secretary-General, The Muslim Council of Britain

    —————–
    In this context, ‘intimidation’ or ‘bullying’ consisted of a police investigation into Sir Iqbal Sacranie’s words against homosexuality.

    Is a police investigation really ‘bullying’?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16826768452963498005 Jim Lippard

    Now Libya and Saudi Arabia are cutting of diplomatic relations with Denmark over this. Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador, and Libya is closing it’s embassy in Copenhagen. And this is after the paper gave in and published an apology!

    Libya: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200601/s1558358.htm

    Saudi Arabia:
    http://www.albawaba.com/en/news/194133


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