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Posted: 2/1/2006 6:51:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2006 6:52:52 AM EDT by DK-Prof]
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4669360.stm

And apparently newspapers in Gemany, Spain, Holland, and other countries decided to reprint the pictures too, after the huge protests, boycotts (harming the danish economy, and all kinds of other industries), death threats, etc - against Denmark and the Danish newspaper that published drawings of Mohammed back in October of last year.

Here's the text:



A French newspaper has reproduced a set of Danish caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad that have caused outrage in the Muslim world.
France Soir said it had published the cartoons to show that "religious dogma" had no place in a secular society.

Their publication in Denmark has led to protests in several Arab nations.

Responding to France Soir's move, the French government said it supported press freedom - but added that beliefs and religions must be respected.

Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet Muhammad or Allah.

Under the headline "Yes, we have the right to caricature God", France Soir ran a front page cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud.

It shows the Christian deity saying: "Don't complain, Muhammad, we've all been caricatured here."

The full set of Danish drawings, some of which depict the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist, were printed on the inside pages.

Bomb threat

The paper said it had decided to republish them "because no religious dogma can impose itself on a democratic and secular society".

The global controversy the cartoons have provoked "has done nothing to maintain balance and mutual limits in democracy, respect of religious beliefs and freedom of expression", it added.

In a statement, the French foreign ministry said the decision to publish the pictures was the sole responsibility of France Soir.

The French authorities supported the principle of press freedom, the statement said, adding that that freedom must be exercised "in a spirit of tolerance and with respect for beliefs and religions".

The offices of the Danish newspaper that first published the caricatures, Jyllands-Posten, had to be evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

The paper had apologised a day earlier for causing offence to Muslims, although it maintained it was legal under Danish law to print them.

Ministers from 17 Arab countries on Tuesday urged Denmark's government to punish Jyllands-Posten for what they described as an "offence to Islam".

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen welcomed the paper's apology but defended the freedom of the press.

The images' publication in Denmark has provoked diplomatic sanctions and threats from Islamic militants across the Muslim world.

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated this week in the Gaza Strip, burning Danish flags and portraits of the Danish prime minister.

Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Denmark, while Libya said it was closing its embassy in Copenhagen and Iraq summoned the Danish envoy to condemn the cartoons.

Link Posted: 2/1/2006 6:55:12 AM EDT
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 6:59:32 AM EDT
I heard a rumor renault is sponsoring these cartoons in france.
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 7:01:26 AM EDT
Well where's these funny pictures!?!?!?

You suck!!
Link Posted: 2/1/2006 7:07:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/1/2006 7:08:28 AM EDT by DK-Prof]

Originally Posted By jb241970:
Well where's these funny pictures!?!?!?

You suck!!




They are really pretty benign - ONE of them is definitely satirical, and shows mohammed with a bomb hidden in his turban, but many of them were not offensive at all, but just apparently violate some muslim rule about depicting people (especially religious figures) in drawings.

Here are three of them;








Mods - feel free to edit, if there is a concern that this is offensive or controversial. I'm just a dumb Dane, after all - and we are apparently very insensitive people.

Link Posted: 2/1/2006 7:12:32 AM EDT
Just goes to show how truely fucked up that culture is.
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