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Tuesday, February 07, 2006 

A shade of grey

The Prophet Mohammed Cartoons controversy rages on, with Dickie Waghorne (predictably) doing his level best to be as provocative towards Islam as possible. This is not to defend the violence of recent days, but to urge certain idiots to stop deliberately stirring a hornet's nest.

One thing we've noted in this debate is the claim by Western right-wingers that similar treatment of Christ would go unchallenged here on account of free speech. As we strongly suspected, so much for the free speech:
"Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have caused a storm of protest throughout the Islamic world, refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus Christ, it has emerged today.
The Danish daily turned down the cartoons of Christ three years ago, on the grounds that they could be offensive to readers and were not funny.

In April 2003, Danish illustrator Christoffer Zieler submitted a series of unsolicited cartoons dealing with the resurrection of Christ to Jyllands-Posten.

Zieler received an email back from the paper's Sunday editor, Jens Kaiser, which said: "I don't think Jyllands-Posten's readers will enjoy the drawings. As a matter of fact, I think that they will provoke an outcry. Therefore, I will not use them.""
One hard lesson liberals (in the US sense) have got to get into their heads is that the enemy of your enemies is not necessarily your friend. That's the case with Iraq (on both sides) and in this situation also.

"Libel"-Richard Waghorne
"Attack blog"-Damien Mulley

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