Friday, February 03, 2006

Freedom of Speech and Death

Last September the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (Jutland's Post) commissioned some drawings of the prophet Mohammed for an article on self-censorship and freedom of speech because writer Kare Bluitgen was not able to find an artist willing to illustrate his children's book about Mohammed. Given what has been happening in recent years in many European countries in relations with Muslims, artists were afraid of being attacked by Islamists. Considering what happened to Dutch film director Theo van Gogh and the threats to people such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the Netherlands there is no doubt the fear is justified. Below are the 12 drawings that Jyllands-Posten received and published:

At the time the cartoons were published some folks in the Danish Muslim community were offended (considering the tenants of Islam, rightly so). But Denmark, unlike most if not all of the Muslim world, has a concept known as freedom of speech. So while Muslims and their fellow travelers from the religion of multiculturalism are clamoring for apologies, retractions, censorship and retribution, some other newspapers in Europe have begun publishing the cartoons in solidarity with the press freedoms that the west holds dear. Of course this has just enflamed the masses of the "Religion of Peace" even more and we can now see in all of it's virtues of tolerance and peace the true face of Islam:

The following are just a few of the many bloggers who have covered this issue:

Captain's Quarters
Jihad Watch
Little Green Footballs
Michelle Malkin
¡No Pasarán!