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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Europe Bitchslaps Islamofascism

Newspapers across Europe are reprinting the Jyllands-Posten cartoons:


Newspapers across Europe have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked Muslim outrage.

France Soir, Germany's Die Welt, La Stampa in Italy and El Periodico in Spain all carried some of the drawings.

Their publication in Denmark has led to protests in Arab nations, diplomatic sanctions and death threats.
Islamic tradition bans depictions of the Prophet, but media watchdogs defend press freedom to publish the images.


Reporters Without Borders said the reaction in the Arab world "betrays a lack of understanding" of press freedom as "an essential accomplishment of democracy."

France Soir said it had reprinted the full set to show that "religious dogma" had no place in a secular society.
Under the headline "Yes, we have the right to caricature God", the daily carried a front-page cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud.


It shows the Christian deity saying: "Don't complain, Muhammad, we've all been caricatured here."

Responding to France Soir's move, the French government said it supported press freedom - but added that beliefs and religions must be respected.

French Muslims spoke out against the pictures.

The president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), Dalil Boubakeur, described France Soir's move as an act of "real provocation towards the millions of Muslims living in France".

Theologian Sohaib Bencheikh said "one must find the borders between freedom of expression and freedom to protect the sacred".

"Unfortunately, the West has lost its sense of the sacred," he wrote in a column accompanying the cartoons in France Soir.

(Cue Beavis and Butthead doing wanking-off motion.)

The publication in Denmark of the images last September has provoked diplomatic sanctions and threats from Islamic militants across the Muslim world.

Dozens of protesters from a small Islamic party demonstrated in front of the Danish embassy in Ankara on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports.

Ministers from 17 Arab countries on Tuesday urged Denmark's government to punish Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the caricatures, for what they described as an "offence to Islam".

Thousands of Palestinians demonstrated this week in the Gaza Strip.

Syria and Saudi Arabia have recalled their ambassadors to Denmark, while Libya said it was closing its embassy in Copenhagen and Iraq summoned the Danish envoy to condemn the cartoons.

The offices of Jyllands-Posten, had to be evacuated on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

The paper had apologised a day earlier for causing offence to Muslims, although it maintained it was legal under Danish law to print them.


How about that? Jyllands-Posten apologizes and the next day there's a bomb threat. What does that tell you?

Let me say this, good job Europe. I have never been so proud to be a Westerner. We all owe Europe for this.
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15 Comments:

Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

Awesome! Great find Pastorius. That makes my day. Now what are they going to do? Boycott all of Europe? I hope so.

By the way, the Danish cheese (Havarti by Arla) is tasty. But if I have to stock up from a dozen European countries I’m going to gain some pounds. If the French press follows the lead of France Soir, I’ll start buying Brie again. Damn, this fighting Islamists is fatting.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:05:00 pm  
Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

This is so beautiful! We have waited for the proverbial straw to break the camel's back and now this lovely backlash!! I love it!!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:11:00 pm  
Blogger jonz said...

Fantastic news! Nice one Pastorius.

I'm hoping a British paper will follow suit, but I'm not holding my breath.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:34:00 pm  
Blogger D.C. said...

Pastorius,

Great work!
Collecting cartoons is exactly what needs to be done.

There is no way that anyone will take freedom away, even with more terror threats.

It is a loosing battle for them.

I will see soon.
Thx!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:35:00 pm  
Blogger dag said...

To quote the extraordinarily prolix and oft times convoluted, even obscure and pedantic Hugh Fitzgerald:

"Hoist. Own. Petard."

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:47:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Aw shucks, folks. T'weren't nothin'.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:59:00 pm  
Blogger J said...

OT, pastorius, can you e-mail me the banner.

and is the original bigger?

cheers

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:11:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

The banner on the site is the banner. You can just cut and paste it from here.

Honestly, I don't know what your email address is anymore. Could you email me?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:30:00 pm  
Blogger J said...

not to worry, got it sorted.

btw, was wondering who uploaded the pic, because my pics always get resized horizontaly. did you upload it outside of the blogger editor?

oh and the new banner should be up now, i can remove the green bar if you want, but the alignment is the best i can get it.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 8:58:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

No, I didn't do anything with that banner, other than just cut and paste it from the page Patrick Kuffir provided.

That banner was designed by the guy from Clarity and Resolve. Very nice of him, but now that I see it up there, it kind of lack, uh, clarity. How ironic.

Anyway, I'll see if my wife can fix it.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 9:25:00 pm  
Blogger D. T. Devareaux said...

OUTSTANDING NEWS.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 9:37:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Here's a little item from the February 1, 2006 WaPo:

"Copenhagen--A Danish Muslim groups accepted an apology from a newspaper that published offensive cartoons of the prophet Muhammad but later said it had decided that the statement was ambiguous. The group did not elaborate, and its was unclear of there would be any effect on protests and boycotts of Danish goods in Muslim countries."

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 10:47:00 pm  
Blogger dag said...

A reminder to all that we will meet again tomorrow at McD.s to settle some Islamic hash.

The MSM, as unexpected as this is, shows that this battle is just warming up, and that even they can see the need to stand up agianst Islmaic tantrums. I'm going to McDonald's to meet with Truepeers and others in Vancouver, Canada. We'll be there from 7-9:00 p, at Manin and Terminal. You'll know us because we'll be the sissies wearing blue scarves. I'm the big ugly sissie with the scars.

Please check out this blog for more details, and also CUANAS. Spread this idea so we can formulate some people resistence. Hey, if some European news media get it, we can get it. And if we got it, let's get it out there.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 10:51:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Thanks AOW. I heard about the Muslim group accepting the apology yesterday, but I didn't hear about the retraction. Thing is, I never believed they accepted the apology in the first place. I figured it was a good cop/bad cop thing.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 10:59:00 pm  
Blogger JMJ said...

Outstanding!!! Good find Pastorius!! The trend over at Han's blog seems to really be leaning toward the west as well!!

Good job guys!!

Thursday, February 02, 2006 2:29:00 am  

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