Thursday, February 21, 2008

Mohammed "Cartoon Crisis" Goes Global

Good stuff! Can't top this with my comments, so go read it your self.

Family Security Matters: "For a week, beginning on Sunday February 10, teenage youths rioted in Danish cities. The riots began in Aarhus before the controversial cartoon of Mohammed, founder of Islam, were reproduced in Danish newspapers. On Tuesday February 12, five individuals were arrested and three were detained. Danish intelligence agency PET (Politiets Efterretningstjeneste) announced that the three detained individuals had been arrested in connection with a plot to murder 73-year old illustrator Kurt Westergaard.

Westergaard's image of Mohammed with his turban as a bomb was among 12 which had been published on September 30, 2005, by Aarhus-based newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The drawings had been commissioned by the newspaper after author Kare Blultgen said he could find no artist willing to illustrate his children's book on the life of Mohammed.

The publication of the 12 images led to rioting and protests around the world. These protests grew to a peak during February 2006, and by the end of that month at least 50 people had been killed. The anger had initially been stoked by Palestinian-born preacher Abu Laban of the Waqfs mosque in Noerrebro, Copenhagen. He sent a delegation to the Middle Eastern religious leaders. This delegation carried three extra images which had not been printed by Jyllands-Posten."

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