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posted 02 October 2007 10:18 AM      Profile for Sven     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Here is an interview of the editor of Jyllands-Posten.

From the interview:

"I think many people betrayed their own ideals. The history of the left, for instance, is a history of confronting authority—be it religious or political authority—and always challenging religious symbols and figures. In this case, they failed miserably. I think the left is in a deep crisis in Europe because of their lack of willingness to confront the racist ideology of Islamism. They somehow view the Koran as a new version of Das Kapital and are willing to ignore everything else, as long of they continue to see the Muslims of Europe as a new proletariat."


"But what really bothers me today—and this hasn't been reported very widely—is that right after the cartoon crisis, the Organization of the Islamic Conference at the United Nations sponsored a resolution condemning the "ridiculing of religion." It didn't pass, but in March of this year the United Nations Human Rights Consul, which is the highest international body in the world for the protection of human rights, passed a resolution condoning state punishment of people criticizing religion. I think this is a big scandal. This was a direct result of the "cartoon crisis." Fortunately the European Union voted against it. But countries like Russia, Mexico and China supported the resolution. And in this resolution, they call on governments to pass laws or write provisions into their constitutions forbidding criticism of religion. This would give a free hand to authoritarian regimes around the world to clamp down on dissidents."

From: Eleutherophobics of the World...Unite!!!!! | Registered: Jul 2005  |  IP: Logged
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posted 02 October 2007 12:03 PM      Profile for DavisMavis     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some alternative views:

...the Europeans who point to the Muslim reaction as proof that, in the words of the popular Dutch blogger Mike Tidmus, "Islam probably has no place in Europe," have reaffirmed the stereotype of Europeans as aggressively anti-Islamic. It is this common attitude among Europeans that has led to the marginalization of Muslim communities there, which in turn has fed the isolationism and destructive behavior of European Muslims, which has then reinforced European prejudices against Islam. It is a Gordian knot that has become almost impossible to untangle.

And that is why as a Muslim American I am enraged by the publication of these cartoons. Not because they offend my prophet or my religion, but because they fly in the face of the tireless efforts of so many civic and religious leaders—both Muslim and non-Muslim—to promote unity and assimilation rather than hatred and discord; because they play into the hands of those who preach extremism; because they are fodder for the clash-of-civilizations mentality that pits East against West.

Reza Aslan

the cartoon depicting Muhammad as a terrorist is a crude racist stereotype. The implication is that every Muslim is a potential terrorist. This is the sort of nonsense that leads to Islamophobia. Muslims have every right to protest, but the overreaction was unnecessary.

Tariq Ali

... for European Muslims, the affair is not so much a matter of what is permissible in Islam as it is about discrimination. Representing the prophet's face, per se, antagonized them far less than his portrayal as a terrorist. As these modern Muslims see it, the Danish cartoonists in effect have contributed to a wave of Islamophobia and Muslim-bashing sweeping Europe. Islam, they believe, is increasingly a victim of double standards. Free expression is a right, to be sure. But Europe imposes many legal and social limits on expression. Anti-Semitic cartoons would almost everywhere be liable to legal prosecution. More and more European countries have passed laws banning homophobia or protecting minorities from degrading insult. Would cartoons mocking dwarfs or blind people be published in respectable European newspapers? No. Why, then, the social acceptance for mocking Muslims, which sometimes verges on racism?

Olivier Roy

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posted 02 October 2007 12:27 PM      Profile for Tommy_Paine     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Islam, they believe, is increasingly a victim of double standards.

The most contentious cartoon, if I remember correctly, was of the Prophet Mohammad with a gun or bomb hidden in his turban. The cartoonists way of capturing the idea that Islam is violent because it's founder is violent.

Curious line of reasoning coming from the fricken Vikings, whose terroristic roots we don't have to plumb as deep as the cartoonist did for Islam.

Maybe all Celts and Anglo Saxons should sue the Danish government for reparations. We want our Dane Geld back.

( edited to take the edge off a cuss word, and apparently, my spell check says Dane Geld is two words.)

[ 02 October 2007: Message edited by: Tommy_Paine ]

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