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Feb 2nd 2006

muslims threaten violence against europeans who depict islam as violent

file this under….not the best way to respond. after some EU papers published cartoons (like the following) which depict the muslim prophet muhammad as the founder of a violent religion (as well as other drawings ostensibly offensive toward islam), there were angry protests in the middle east.

Gunmen surrounded European Union offices in Gaza and threatened to kidnap foreigners after a Danish newspaper printed cartoons linking Islam’s prophet Muhammad to terrorism, the Associated Press reported.

Europeans in Gaza will be “in danger” if European governments don’t apologize by this evening, said a Fatah party- affiliated gunmen outside the EU Commission office in Gaza, the AP reported. Militants said they would shut down European media offices, and gunmen in the West Bank city of Nablus entered four hotels to search for foreigners, the AP reported.

Newspapers and magazines in France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy this week reprinted the cartoons, which were first published in September by Denmark’s biggest broadsheet, Jyllands-Posten. One of the images depicts Muhammad wearing a turban-shaped bomb. Any depiction of the prophet Muhammad is considered blasphemy by many Muslims. [source]

another news outlet reports:

On the same day, Saturday January, 29, Christian students at Mosul University were beaten up by Muslim students after a number of ‘fatwas’, or Muslim decrees, had been issued by sheikhs in that Iraqi city.

The fatwa’s reportedly call for their followers to “expel the crusaders and infidels from the streets, schools and institutions because they insulted the person of the prophet in Denmark.”

one column hit the nail squarely on the head:

Jordanian independent tabloid al-Shihan reprinted three of the cartoons on Thursday, saying people should know what they were protesting about, AFP news agency reports.

“Muslims of the world be reasonable,” wrote editor Jihad Momani.

“What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?” [source]

(emphasis added). indeed. blasphemy or no blasphemy, it is not helping convince the world you are members of a non-violent religion when you continue to seek them out indiscriminately and threaten to kill them. just a thought.

ps: did anyone else notice president bush’s state of the union address was glaringly devoid of any reference to islam as the “religion of peace,” in contrast to his speeches in the past? (or did i just miss it?)

2 Responses to “muslims threaten violence against europeans who depict islam as violent”

  1. can you imagine what would happen if a republican party official said that muslims will be “in danger” if they do not apologize for terrorists attacks. what if gunmen went through hotels in the US looking for travelers from the middle east, or if police searched middle eastern markets across the country.

    this reeks of a double standard and calls to mind the arab magazine that marshall used to get at the elms. i seem to recall a few offensive images.

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