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THE CARTOONS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD

Cartoon Protest

      Everyone had properly heard about the controversial cartoons but don't have a chance to see, so here's some of them collected from Internet. Contrary to what you might think, a lot of newspapers in Europe have reprinted the set of twelve controversial cartoons and posted on Internet. In France, the Charlie Hebdo weekly magazine has just issued (on Wennesday 8th, Feb. '06) the new cartoons of Mohammed with the controversial dozen cartoons included. All copies sold out so fast that they have to reprint again. When interviewed by Radio-Canada, The Director of Charlie Hebbo said he never back down to the threat of extreme terrorists. Some websites didn't even let you copy or print out from your computer. I did get a "smart way" to get them out. The quality is not good, but just to let everyone get an idea about the incident. Included here is an article from SFGate.com

Angry reactions from Muslims in Denmark and beyond have become louder and more threatening in the months since Denmark's national daily, Jyllands-Posten, published a dozen cartoons satirizing Islamic subjects last September. (One has just been reprinted by Germany's Die Welt; it shows the prophet Mohammed wearing a black turban in the shape of a bomb, with a lit fuse. See cartoon below.)

Now, with a boycott of Danish-made products spreading throughout the Muslim world, Jyllands-Posten has issued a public apology for its publication of the cartoons. Editor in chief Carsten Juste, in an open letter to Muslims on his paper's Web site (in Danish, English and Arabic (PDF)), wrote: "In our opinion, the 12 drawings were sober. They were not intended to be offensive, nor were they at variance with Danish law, but they have indisputably offended many Muslims, for which we apologize."

Commenting on the controversy, Denmark's prime minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, supported freedom of speech. He said: "A Danish government cannot say 'sorry' for a Danish newspaper." But he also distanced himself from the provocative, published material. He added: "My personal respect for people's religious beliefs means that I would never represent Mohammed, Jesus or another religious figure in a way that would offend others." (Copenhagen Post)

For the editors of Saudi Arabia's Arab News Juste's statement wasn't enough. The paper's lead editorial today argues that his apology "is unlikely to take the sting out of the situation or ease the hurt and resentment that millions of Muslims feel." Arab News adds: "The depictions of the Prophet as a terrorist were clearly intended to offend. How could they do otherwise?...There are many things which are legal, but that does not make them right. Worse, [Juste] says he still does not regret publishing the cartoons. Does he not regret doing something that has done immense damage to Danish-Muslim relations?...That has probably put Danish troops in Iraq at unique risk from Al-Qaeda?" Arab News also blasts Prime Minister Rasmussen for his "categorical refusal to apologize" for Jyllands-Posten's publication of the cartoons "because it would be against the laws on freedom of speech." It continues: "[I]f it does go against the law, the answer is simple: Change the law. Follow the British example: Outlaw religious hatred."

Arab News points to British Prime Minister Tony Blair's effort to toughen anti-hate laws in the U.K. However, last night Blair was "humiliated" in Parliament when his proposed legislation was loudly voted down. Opponents feared it would have prevented "religious debate and undermine[d] free speech," even though Blair's government had insisted it would only have been applied in cases in which someone had "deliberately or recklessly stirred up hatred of religious believers." (Independent)

The cartoon page of Jyllands-Posten newspaper and the twelve individual cartoons in close-up

Along with reprinting one of the controversial cartoons, Die Welt asked: "How much humor is compatible with the religion of Islam, this metaphysics of world conquest by an early medieval robber prince, who with his caravan army created a great empire on the basis of polygamy and a strict code of honor?" The conservative daily added that the "standard of measure set by the Muslims" with regard to how far is too far when it comes to satirizing religious subjects poses "a challenge for an open society"

By contrast, the leftist Berliner Zeitung has acknowledged that, in the controversy over the cartoons, Europe is again "defending its values" of free expression, but it also advised that Muslim anger over the drawings should be taken seriously. "[I]f we really want to protect our values, then we should respect this call for [a] boycott and just accept the sacrifices [it] will incur, as the sacrifices of a civil, market-oriented way of life," the Berlin daily counseled. (Cited by Der Spiegel)

Apparently, France Soir couldn't disagree more. "We have a right to caricature God," the conservative French daily declares. The paper has republished Jyllands-Posten's trouble-making cartoons. It even commissioned its own new drawing, which depicts "a peeved Mohammed sitting on a cloud with Buddha, a Jewish God and a Christian God, who says: 'Don't complain Mohammed, we've all been caricatured here.'" (Cited by the Times; cartoons not available on France Soir's Web site.)

In an editorial, France Soir recognizes that the images originally published in Denmark had "shocked the Muslim world, for whom the representation of Allah and his prophet is banned." But it added that since "no religious dogma can impose its view on a democratic and secular society," it had decided to republish them. "Enough lessons from these reactionary bigots!" France Soir concluded. Its editorial asserted: "There is nothing in these...cartoons that intends to be racist or denigrate any community as such. Some are funny, others less so. That's it....No, we will never apologize for being free to speak, to think and to believe." (Times)


A BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF PROPHET MOHAMMED
Mohammed's Portrait
Photo Source: NNDB Tracking The Entire World


      Mahomet is the classical name used for Mohammed. One of the picture below depicts Mahomet receiving the vision for the Koran, as revealed to him by the angel Gabriel.
Mahomet was born in Mecca in the year 570. He received his vision in the year 607. He dies in Mecca at the age of 62 in the year 632. He was survived by one of his famous daughters. Her name was Fatima.
Mahomet had a way of winning people to his beliefs. He seemed to posses hypnotic powers. Men who at one time hated and even tried to kill him were won over to his cause.
Mahomet was not above twisting his visions to serve him in his rule. Such as his warrior vision of paradise to induce his armies to make war on others of their own faith.
Changes have been made in the Koran after Mahomet's death. The last changes were made from 656-661 in the rule of Ali as fourth Caliph. Since 661 no changes have been allowed in the Koran.
With the death of Mahomet, Islam was ruled by Caliphs. The year (one) 1 in their faith is 622. The faithful still await the return of their prophet.
(Source: korashriners.org)

PORTRAITS OF PROPHET MOHAMMED

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