What makes the matter even more absurd are the actions of the UN in supporting this nonsense. Cartoons in a newspaper get the UN all upset, but they refuse to condemn suicide bombers murdering innocent people.
Fjordman has some excellent coverage on his weblog, as well as contact information if you'd like to register a complaint. Here are a few brief excerpts:
There's much more on Fjordman's blog.
UN Concerned over Prophet Cartoons
by Ole Damkjaer
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights understands the concern in Muslim countries over the 12 cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and expects UN experts on racism to deal with the matter. At the same time as Islamic countries in a meeting in Mecca are going to discuss joint action against Denmark, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has involved herself in the discussion.
The leader of the UN's work on human rights is saying in plain words that she is concerned over the drawings that Jyllands-Posten printed in September, expressing "apologies" for statements and actions demonstrating a lack of respect for the religion of other people. In a letter to the 56 member countries of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), she states: "I understand your concerns and would like to emphasize that I regret any statement or act that could express a lack of respect for the religion of others."
In a complaint to the High Commissioner, the 56 Islamic governments have asked Louise Arbour to raise the matter with the Danish government "to help contain this encroachment on Islam, so the situation won't get out of control." Two UN experts on religous freedom and on racism and xenophobia, are said to be working on the case. The Islamic governments have expressed satisfaction with the reply from Louise Arbour.
. . . today 56 Islamic countries are holding a top meeting in Mecca in Saudi Arabia, and on the agenda is a discussion of a united front against Denmark . . .
. . . In an astonishing move on 12 April 2005, the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) moved from promoting respect for human rights to promoting "respect for all religions and their value systems". . .
. . . the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres has warned Denmark against closing its borders to poor refugees, during a visit to Copenhagen yesterday. . .
Eye on the UN
(Cross-posted at A Deeper Look)