Muslim Day of Anger to Respond to Cartoons
A leading Islamic cleric called for an “international day of anger” today over publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, and a Danish activist predicted that deadly violence could break out in Europe “at any minute”.
As more European newspapers reprinted the cartoons, what started off as a row between Denmark’s press and its Muslim population grew into a full-blown “clash of civilisations”.
Anger boiled over in the Gaza Strip, where gunmen from Islamic Jihad occupied the office of the European Union. Europeans began to leave the Palestinian territories after threats from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.
Jihad al-Momani, the editor of the Jordanian newspaper al-Shihan, was sacked for trying to publish three of the 12 caricatures. He said that he was aiming “to show his readers “the extent of the Danish offence”.
A leading hard-line Muslim cleric, Sheikh Yussef al-Qaradawi, called for the day of anger to protest against the printing of the cartoons – first published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September – in other European papers. “Let Friday be an international day of anger for God and his prophet,” said the sheikh, who is the head of the International Association of Muslim Scholars. He is one of the Arab world’s most popular television preachers and made a controversial visit to London in July 2004 as a guest of the mayor, Ken Livingstone.
Michelle Malkin has a collection of photos from around the globe showing Muslim anger in action. Indeed, they may as well declare an “international day of breathing.”
Here, in miniature, are the cartoons that have hurt Mohammad’s little feelings:
Poor little Mohammad.
Richard Fernandez observes that,
[M]any Europeans — not most, but many — are suddenly aware they stand on the edge. If they let Islamic clerics determine what Europeans can and cannot print in their own press through a process of intimidation and force, the Old Continent will have surrendered a large part of its independence and sovereignty. The holy grail of every agitator is to find an issue on which both sides are unalterably opposed. Radical Islam has found it the blasphemy of Mohammed and ironically gave those who would rouse the West a mirror issue of their own: the blasphemy of censorship and the extinction of freedom of speech.
The fine, broad highway to Hell that is political correctness which has achieved the opposite of its intent: not the universal chorus of harmony but religious conflict at its most primitive level.
So it would seem.
Rusty Shackleford and his partner-in-agitation Vinnie have created yet more cartoons making fun of poor Mohammad. This one is particularly insulting, not only to Mohammad but to angry terrorists everywhere:
We might be in for two days of anger if this keeps up.
Update: Ironically, the Islamic Society of Denmark wasn’t sure if Muhammad was sufficiently upset over the existing cartoons, so they created some fake cartoons just to get him really steamed.
Malkin notes that some American media outlets, who think nothing of showing a crucifix in a jar of urine and various other images offensive to Christians are refusing to show these cartoons out of sensitivity. Gateway Pundit has the details and reproductions of the cartoons.
For those who missed them, Wikipedia has the cartoons as they appeared in Jyllands-Posten.
Update 2: See all of the images in full size at my Danish Muslim Cartoons page.
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