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Indian Court issues fatwa on cartoonists
AN Islamic court in India has issued a fatwa, or religious decree, condemning to death the 12 artists who drew the controversial images of the prophet Mohammed.
The decree was issued on behalf of the Idar-e-Sharia Darul Kaza Islamic court in northern Uttar Pradesh state by its religious head in the state capital, Lucknow.
"Death is the only penalty for the cartoonists who had drawn sacrilegious cartoons of the prophet," Maulana Mufti Abul Irfan, the religious head of the court, said overnight.
The court's ruling is binding on Muslims, but can be challenged under Indian law.
Mr Irfan said it was clearly written in the Muslim holy book, the Koran, that anyone who insulted the prophet deserved to be punished.
He said the fatwa was applicable wherever Muslims live.
- Den, der brænder for noget, opfinder selv nyttige midler.
Originally posted by Ulvetann
This time it is Ahmed Akari that plays up the orchestra.
He is now agitating his fellow muslims, to burn their passports in the town square of Copenhagen. He is also preparing for a 'workday-standstill'.
Cartoon-newspaper wins prize
Denmark's largest daily was honoured with the Victor Prize for "having opened everyone's eyes by showing how easy it is to introduce cracks in freedom of expression and how so-called political correctness is infiltrating what we believe to be inalienable rights," Hans Engell, the editor of tabloid Ekstra Bladet which awards the prize, said during a prize ceremony in Copenhagen late on Thursday.
The Victor Prize, named for the late editor-in-chief of Ekstra Bladet Victor Andreasen, was handed to Jyllands-Posten's editor Carsten Juste.
"This prize is awarded to Jyllands-Posten for its adamant defence for months of freedom of expression, which is under threat," Engell told AFP.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
Originally posted by Deep_Blue
They can print pictures showing big headed Jews praying to Satan with Star of David burning on fire. So that people in UK can laugh at those pictures.
Didn´t you see that part about the fake pictures which I posted on page 2? The real pictures were actually not that bad. No pig noses, pig ears, burning beard or sex with animals. There are some serious misinformations going on in this case, trying to make it look worse than it really was. These countries boycotting Denmark should get some real facts on the table and stop listening to Al Qaeda.
Originally posted by Deep_Blue
I don’t know how Saudi Arabia relates to the topic of this thread.
Moreover, there are many despotic governments in the world , so why you have picked Saudi Arabia . Because it is Islamic? Now I can clearly see your twisted logic.
Saudi Arabia was the first country to boycot Danish goods because of the Muhammed drawings. That´s why Saudi Arabia is to be found in this thread.
Originally posted by Lady of the Lake
The New Straits Times after issuing an apology was not suspended.
Protests - 400 out of a population of over 24million.
Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
So if i'm getting this right...
To you, Free speech is your right to insult me, and my lack of right to get upset agout it.
To you, free speech means that a country CANNOT cease trading with another country that has ticked them off?
In other words, freedom of speech for me but not for thee?
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
what do you think christians would say if the new york times published an entire paper of printed ways to "take the lord's name in vain" and straight up offensive blasphemy against their religion?
just pages of creative expletives incorporating jesus and god.
now, to muslims, what they did in denmark is 13 times worse. the entire point of not depicting the prophet in islam was to keep people from viewing him as a god, which (in their opinion) had happened to jesus.
[edit on 7-12-2005 by madnessinmysoul]
Originally posted by Nakash
Anybody saying Saudi Arabia isn't a despicable tyranny deserves to be ignored. That's the truth.
Originally posted by Nakash
I see many Muslims here complaining about Israel, but not one voice condemning the intolerant bigoted Saudis. That's what I calll *hypocrisy*.
These Damn Pictures
By caving in to fanatics over the Danish cartoons, the West has shown that it is not only gutless but brainless.
"Give up the cartoonists; they're in the attic." That is what many of us in the trade feel has been our lot since our brethren in Denmark were forced into hiding after drawing likenesses of the Prophet Mohammed. As art will do, "them damn pictures"-- Boss Tweed's term for Thomas Nast's cartoons from a more innocent time -- have exposed not just the internal dynamics of what some have called Islamofascism but the corresponding corruption of our own values and character in the West. Our insides have been illuminated like an electrocuted Daffy Duck in an old Warner Brothers cartoon. And we now see what we're made of: not a lot of guts, or brains either.
Foreign ministers wrangle over cartoon row text
Meeting in Brussels, the ministers issued a fresh statement on the violence that recently erupted in some muslim countries following the publication by Danish paper Jyllands-Posten of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhamed.
The statement in its first paragraph says that "The (EU) council acknowledges and regrets that these cartoons were considered offensive and distressing by Muslims across the world."
An earlier version of the paragraph, contested by the Dutch, said that the EU regretted "that these cartoons caused offence."
"It is now clear that
we [ed. Riwka= The European Union] do not make an apology for the cartoons," said a senior Dutch diplomat.
By contrast, I commissioned the cartoons in response to several incidents of self-censorship in Europe caused by widening fears and feelings of intimidation in dealing with issues related to Islam. And I still believe that this is a topic that we Europeans must confront, challenging moderate Muslims to speak out.
The idea wasn't to provoke gratuitously -- and we certainly didn't intend to trigger violent demonstrations throughout the Muslim world. Our goal was simply to push back self-imposed limits on expression that seemed to be closing in tighter.
At the end of September, a Danish stand-up comedian said in an interview with Jyllands-Posten that he had no problem urinating on the Bible in front of a camera, but he dared not do the same thing with the Koran.
This was the culmination of a series of disturbing instances of self-censorship.