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blackcat
Post Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 4:35 pm

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Danish paper rejected Jesus cartoons

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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.


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Elvis
Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 3:37 am

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A French mag is continuing the button pushing...

http://www.newswiretoday.com/news/3453/

You can see the front-page which is a new cartoon with the prophet guy crying in his hands "It's hard to be loved by fools"

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SharynS
Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:20 am

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Amazing, did anyone click on the picture? wikipedia'd
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Instant controversy arose over this publication's edition of February 8, 2006. Under the title "Mahomet débordé par les intégristes" ( Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists ), the front page showed a cartooon of a weeping Prophet Muhammad saying "C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons" ( It's tough to be loved by morons ). The newspaper reprinted the twelve cartoons of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy and added some of their own.

Compared to a regular circulation of 100,000 sold copies, this edition was a great commercial success. 160,000 copies were sold, another 150,000 were in print later that day.

In response French President Jacques Chirac condemned "overt provocations" which could inflame passions. "Anything that can hurt the convictions of someone else, in particular religious convictions, should be avoided," Chirac said.


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Elvis
Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 5:04 am

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siggy wrote:
Amazing, did anyone click on the picture? wikipedia'd


That's some seriously quick encyclopaedia updating! The time barrier is almost no more. Hey that reminds me... let's possibly offend some gays and Back To The Future fans...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfODSPIYwpQ

Who do I behead first? John Woo or the guys that blasphemed the classic trilogy? Question

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atuuschaaw
Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:25 pm

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Here's a commentary from Danny Schechter, executive director of MediaChannel. Schechter examines the role of the media in these troubled times.

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Perhaps that's why the Al Jazeera Media forum I attended here in Qatar began with a debate about what role the media should play. Should we in the media try to bridge the divides that lead to hate and conflict or should we just report them? Should media outlets intentionally or unintentionally incite confrontations? Can media irresponsibility be defended in the name of press freedom?...

"One of the significant findings," he writes. 'Is that Arab citizens by a margin of 75% did not believe that democracy was the real objective of American efforts to promote reform and change in the Arab world…. Very large majorities of Arabs believed that the main motives of American policies in the Middle East 'were oil, protecting Israel, dominating the region, and weakening the Muslim World."...

I was struck by many Arab voices at the Al Jazeera Forum who noted that there is less media freedom and room for the expression of all views in the US in most of our media outlets than they have in their societies. They see our media as keeping Americans uninformed almost by design.


This commentary is part of the Sustainer Donor program of Z/ZNet. To learn more visit ZNet

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atuuschaaw
Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:56 pm

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let's possibly offend some gays and Back To The Future fans


Hell Elvis, while we're at it, we might as well see who else we can piss off. Let's play the racial card also! Mr. Green

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SharynS
Post Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:46 pm

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Was the straw that broke the camel's back too big and - was it toss'd with an intent to bring the camel down? Oh gawd, can I say camel?
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But while the present reaction to the cartoons is astonishing to some, and expected by others, these were just jokes, right?

No, they weren’t just jokes.

Leaving aside whether Muslims are stiff-necked and unable to appreciate a joke, at least one at their own expense, these cartoons were not published to be funny. Nor were they published, as claimed by the chief editor of Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten, to “examine whether people would succumb to self-censorship, as we have seen in other cases when it comes to Muslim issues.” They were published to inflame, to denigrate, to anger, to humiliate.
Cartoons of Mass Destruction

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