Post #1126 • February 15, 2008, 1:47 PM • 7 Comments
Police arrested three (perhaps five) men, including two Tunisian immigrants and a Moroccan Dane, for scheming to kill Kurt Westergaard, the artist who produced the famous image of Mohammed with his turban rendered as a bomb with a lit fuse. (In 2006, six months after they appeared, Danish imams took this and other images published in the Jyllands-Posten, added some of their own, and used them to incite violence across the Middle East.) In response to the arrests, Jyllands-Posten and other leading newspapers in Denmark reprinted Westergaard's image in solidarity and support freedom of speech. Today, reports are coming in from around the world of new riots in Islamabad, the Gaza, and Copenhagen, where a Jyllands-Posten photographer has been attacked. Hamas demanded an official apology to all Muslims, and then proceded to blow up the library at a YMCA in Gaza. David Thompson comments. In related news (via ¡Journalista!), Muslim leader Syed Soharwardy withdrew his complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission against Ezra Levant for publishing the cartoons in the Western Standard. Artblog.net unequivocally supports freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
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