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"This is a provocation of Canadians and an insult to our religion," he [Syed Soharwardy] said. "We are convinced that within the boundaries of Canada there is a way that we can prosecute these people. The whole Muslim community is seriously looking into this and consulting with lawyers." (Reuters)
Organizers also collected signatures for a resolution calling for an
"unconditional apology to the Muslim world for the blasphemous expression by the governments of Denmark and all other countries where the cartoons have appeared in print."
The resolution also seeks apologies from all the newspapers that reprinted the cartoons.
Ahmad Shehab, director of the Coalition of Muslim Organizations, told the crowd: "We won't burn embassies or flags here," but urged a continuing boycott of Danish products, saying, "We will burn their economy down."
Canada has lived up to its principles. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay have eloquently emphasized responsible expression, condemned violent action and called for a greater understanding of Islam and Muslims. Canadian media, with the exception of a few small publications, have exercised responsibility in their use of free speech.
This collective response speaks volumes about the values that we share as one nation -- values that bind us together in citizenship and a common humanity.
Canada's response has been unique and has struck the right balance between freedom of expression, and the legal and moral right of citizens to be protected from publications promoting hate and racism.
As Muslims, and as Canadians, we say to our nation: you have made us proud!
Originally posted by Riwka
The President of the Islamic Council, Syed Soharwardy, said they would try to have Calgary police investigate for hate crimes.
No charges for publishing Muhammad cartoons
Local Muslims are disappointed the Crown prosecutor's office has recommended no criminal charges be laid against two publications that printed cartoons they find offensive.
"I told them, I disagree with you," said Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.
Soharwardy said the community is still considering a civil lawsuit against those who published the cartoon.
As well, it plans to begin lobbying for legislative changes so that offensive remarks or depictions of any religious figure are considered a crime.
if it makes sense at all to be upset that much because of cartoons like this: