President Bush Urges End to Violence - Muslim Cartoon brings
King Abdullah and
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
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
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”.
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."
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.
By Tom Madison
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