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President Bush Urges End to Violence - Muslim Cartoon brings Worldwide Riots

February 9th 2006

President Bush Urges End to Violence - Muslim Cartoon brings Worldwide Riots

King Abdullah and the President

According to many religious leaders, drawing a picture of the prophet Mohammad is against Islamic law.  Others have claimed it is not.  Back in December, Denis Schulz wrote in a Best Syndication column that one of Denmark’s largest newspapers, Jyllands Posten, asked 40 cartoonists to submit a likeness of Mohammed.  Only 12 of them responded.  According to Schulz, any image of the prophet is “blasphemous”.

Riots have spread throughout the world pitting the West against the Muslim world.  Abigail R. Esman wrote in the World Defense Review that this proves once again that the “pen can be as mighty as the sword”.  Danish products have been boycotted and Britain’s The Independent reports “At the Omari mosque in Gaza City, 9,000 worshippers were told those behind the cartoons should have their heads cut off."

In defense of freedom of the press other papers and internet sites have chosen to republish the cartoon.  This has led to even more violence, according to Esman.  Syrians have torched the Danish and Norwegian embassies.  There have been bomb threats against the Jyllands Postnen newspaper.


So what should the U.S. do?  Well, it appears we have taken both sides.  In an earlier statement the administration condemned the cartoons.  The administration sided “with Muslims who are outraged that the publications put press freedom over respect for religion”.

Whitehouse spokesman Kurtis Cooper said "These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims. We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable."

Now after the violence has intensified the President said in a public appearance with Jordanian King Abdullah II in the oval office “"I call upon the governments around the world to stop the violence, to be respectful, to protect property, protect the lives of innocent diplomats who are serving their countries overseas."


According to convicted Muslim terrorist Mohammed Bouyeri “Islam and the Prophet Mohammed call for the use of violence against non-believers.  If anyone tells you Mohammed was a pacifist, he's lying. Bloodshed is unavoidable in this 'clash of civilizations.'”   Esman said he made the statement in a Dutch court. 

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By Tom Madison
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