Jyllands-Posten, you may recall, is the newspaper that originally published the notorious cartoons of Muhammad that ultimately touched off worldwide Muslim riots. Now it appears that Muslims in Denmark, seeing that the Danes have not punished the cartoonists for exercising their freedom of speech, are bent on exacting some kind of retribution.
Here’s an article from Reuters with much better background information:
A court ruled that Pia Kjaersgaard, leader of the Danish People’s Party (DPP), did not libel the Islamic Faith Community when she accused some of its members of treason for traveling to the Middle East to publicize a Danish newspaper’s publication of the drawings, which caused a worldwide uproar in 2006.
The court said the term “treason” was not libelous because it was used extensively in public debate. It ordered the plaintiffs, a loose network of Danish Muslim organizations which says it represents 50,000 members, to pay Kjaersgaard 40,000 Danish crowns ($7,400) in costs.
Flemming Rose, the Jyllands-Posten culture editor who made the decision to publish the cartoons, writes at Pajamas Media (thanks to Blicher):
Islamic Society of Copenhagen can’t accept the secular laws of Denmark, and therefore they plan to seek support in the Middle East for a fatwa against Jyllands-Posten, if the newspaper is acquitted in a pending civic case, which a number of Muslim organizations has initiated against the paper, and if the European Human Rights Court also makes a decision that goes against the legal demands of the Muslims.
This is tomorrows top story in Jyllands-Posten.
”Until now nobody has had to answer for insulting our prophet. We have no choice but to ask for a fatwa,” says Kasem Ahmad, spokesman for Islamic Society, referring to the publication of the 12 cartoons of Mohammed in Jyllands-Posten September 30, 2005….
Now this is Denmark speaking:Â
Kasem Ahmad, Its YOUR ‘profit’- not ours. Muhammad was a caravan raider, serial rapist, child molester, arsonist, torturer and genocidal mass-murderer. If you think you have no ‘choice’-Â you better leave Denmark before Denmark smokes your sorry ass…
Are you reading this, Ahmad?Â
All of us who have followed the cartoon brouhaha from the beginning owe a debt of gratitude to Flemming Rose for his courageous efforts to break down the Islamic “haram” barrier and restore universal freedom of speech. Nothing is more harmful to the Muslims and their faith than to bar their religious texts and leaders from the normal exegesis and historical analysis that allows religions to advance with the advancement of civilization. Just as some early Jewish and Christian practices (such as having meals with corpses in the catacombs) are obsolete, there is no shortage of Muslim practices (such as eternal jihad) which need to be reconsidered in view of current humanitarian values.
What constitutes “insulting the Prophet” was basically the cartoonists’ juxtaposing Muhammad’s 7th Century values with those of the current century. It’s not Muslims who should feel insulted, but rather all of humanity by those who insist that those values are timeless, sacrosanct, and superior to all other values.
Bravo, Mr. Rose.
* Won’t be long before we see burning cinemas, burning embassies and mass-riots again. Routinely followed by the inevitable western weasel apologetics to appease the Muhammedan madness:
Malaysian Muslims have called for a ban on the blockbuster movie “Evan Almighty,” saying it is offensive to their religion, state media reported Friday.
Malaysia’s influential Muslim Consumers Association (PPIM) said the comedy, which plays on the story of Noah’s ark and features actor Morgan Freeman as God, was insulting to Islam.
“The movie refers to the big flood during the time of Prophet Noah, but this has been turned into a comedy which is insulting to Islam,” Secretary-General Maamor Osman told news agency Bernama.
“Featuring a human being as God in the movie is also against Islam,” he added.
“Evan Almighty” is the sequel to “Bruce Almighty,” which was banned from cinemas here after arousing objections among conservative Muslims.
Censors eventually approved the movie for DVD and VCD release and it has since been broadcast on television.
Other foreign movies to have been banned from public screening on religious grounds include “Brokeback Mountain’ and “The Passion of the Christ.”
“Evan Almighty” is scheduled to be screened in Malaysian cinemas from August 23.
In it, Steve Carell plays a newly-elected congressman ordered by God to build an ark.