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Is this freedom of the speech? February 1, 2006

Posted by lsalama06 in Hot issues.

A Danish newspaper published 12 caricatures that are very degrading of prophet Mohammed.  Why? What was the purpose? Is this freedom of speech? I wonder how the reactions would be if an Arabic newspaper publishes a cartoon about Jesus?





1. Mats - February 5, 2006

Yes this is freedom of speech. In Denmark, or Norway aswell, we believe in freedom of religion. You are free to choose whatever religion you like and you are of course also free to critize or show your opinion about any religion.

The danish newspaper did publish 12 caricatures, but only four of them were critizicing the prophet Mohammed. The newspaper, JyllandsPosten, is the most respected newspaper in Denmark and the
cartoons were posted in a feature covering the different faces of islam.

My belief is that this is taken out of propotions and blown up, mainly by radical muslims. If a degrading cartoon of Jesus was published the western world would most likely not care because
we are free to critize religion or any other topic.

Thats my opinion 🙂

2. lsalama06 - February 5, 2006

I believe in freedom of speech too….but does “Freedom of speech” mean bashing the basic rights of one’s faith? Does it mean disrespecting or insulting one’s belief or culture?

Besides this Danish newspaper is a media tool…which should at least follow basic code of media ethics which is “to avoid inflaming emotions over controversial issues through impassioned handling of controversial issues”

3. Sahar - February 6, 2006

Well said Lu!! Yeah, freedom of speech does not mean that I can insult others especially on such a sensitive topic such as religion and those pictures just show how ignorant and pathetic those people are, they know absolutely nothing about Islam or our prophet. We would never picture any of the prophets in such a humiliating manner because we know all about other prophets through our religion that teaches us to respect all religions and all prophets.

4. Mats - February 7, 2006

If you accept freedom of speech, you would have to accept both the good and the bad. I totally agree that one should not bash each others fates deliberately, but the original postings of these drawings was not meant to be bashing or disrespecting and Jyllands Posten did not know the outcome of these posting.

The newspaper was doing a feature regarding the many faces of Islam, and invited different artists to draw what they felt Islam represented. The cartoons was posted in september 2005, quite a few months ago. When these articles where posted, several muslim groups in Denmark protested peacefully against the publishing of these drawings.

The norwegian newspaper, Magazinet, which posted the cartoons in january is a very right wing, extreme christian newspaper. They published these drawings deliberately to disrespect and insult Islam. They also knew at the time of posting, that these cartoons did insult muslims and should of course have avoided publishing them, but they are due to the freedom of speech free to publish these drawings.

Freedom of speech brings out the best, and the worst in people. Thats why it’s such a touchy topic in my opinion.

5. GG - February 7, 2006

I believe that freedom of speech does not mean that
you are free to insult and hurt other people
especially in dealing with such a sensitive issue as
religion. These caricatures just reveal how ignorant
and pathetic the ones who drew them are because they
haven’t the faintest idea about who prophet Muhamed
was! they did not even bother to read some books or do
some research about the topic that they were going to
draw. The result is, these sick people got all baffled
up and were only able to reflect the sick images that
they already have in their heads from too much action
movies and video games. Their minds have become too
shallow and hollow to make the effort to learn about
other religions, cultures and civilizations around
them. They shut themselves up in their little box.

Islam teaches us to respect all other religions, it is
stated clearly in the Holy Qur’an, and to respect all
the prophets because they were all sent by God and all
had a message. That is why, we would never ridicule
any other religion or prophet.

6. lsalama06 - February 8, 2006

Mats…you keep on insisting in your comments about the newspaper publishing “faces of Islam”….all I am aware of was just the humiliating face against Islam..what where the other faces you are talking about???

7. matsbs - February 8, 2006

The newspaper is in Danish, so I’ve actually read the article unlike most other people. The newspaper was doing a feature about Islam, and invited 40 drawers to draw whatever they felt Islam represented, in other words “the many faces of Islam”. I haven’t found a single website that actually does have a real copy of these images, possibly because they are afraid of the outcome of showing these images.

In my opinion this means that the freedom of speech actually has been severly harmed due too the violent reactions to these images. No one dares to actually publish the images in question.

What I have seen, is a lot of fake images disrespecting the prophet that was not published by the danish newspaper at all. I have know idea who published these cartoons, but as I’ve read these pictures have been presented as the original pictures in the middle east – doing even more damage which is really sad.

One of the other posters here mentioned that the drawers didn’t bother to do research before drawing these cartoons. You might as well turn this around and say that the protesters didn’t bother to do research about how the Danish society and belief in absolute freedom of speech before protesting?

I think we all can agree that you should not ridicule or humiliate any religion, any prophet or sensible issues just for the sake of humiliating – but at the same time you have to respect the freedom of speech and protest to whatever you object with legal methods. The danish newspaper has appologized for the publishing of these cartoons, and today I saw this site http://www.sorrynorwaydenmark.com where a group of Arab and Muslim youth have set up a website to express their honest opinion about the cartoons and apologize to the people of Denmark, Norway and all the European Union over the trashing of embassys, death threats etc.

Too bad the mainstream media doesn’t pick up these stories…

8. matsbs - February 8, 2006

… and now I just saw that Norways most respected newspaper Aftenposten, has picked up on the site above.

In Norwegian:

9. Mats - February 10, 2006

Quite interessting link regarding the cartoons..

As I’ve mentioned, the original cartoons where posted in september with small protest in Denmark, but no reaction from the international muslim community. According to this egyptian blogger these drawings where published in Al Fagr in october 2005 without any reaction. He claims the cartoons where used to keep the egyptian people occupied, while cutting 300$ million in social benifits to the poorest.

As an egyptian, do you think there’s any truth behind that?

10. lsalama06 - February 10, 2006

Yes its possible….politics is a dirty game…

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