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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Freedom in America

Does Freedom mean anything to New York Times, Washington Post or any other major American newspaper?

17 Danish newspapers have the courage to publish the infamous Mohamed cartoons. Again.

But the readers of ALL mainstream publications in America have to guess as to what this world-wide controversy is all about.

Why pretend? Why continue the charade, pretending to be independent and, oh, so hugely concerned with Truth and Independence?

American publishers might as well bring Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to sit on their editorial board and have him pronounce stories halal for publication or not or sharia laws.

Times, Newsweek, New Yorker.... anybody??...

Also, please note the lack of rioting this time around. Somebody figured out that inciting bloody riots to convince the West that Islam is a peaceful religion is a bit counterproductive.

Papers Reprint Muhammad Cartoon

At least 17 Danish newspapers published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb as a turban, a day after the arrest of three men accused of plotting to kill the man who drew the cartoon. The drawing, by Kurt Westergaard, left, was one of 12 depicting the prophet that enraged Muslims when they appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 and later in a range of Western newspapers. At the start of 2006, Danish embassies around the world were attacked and dozens died in rioting. The newspapers said they had republished the cartoon to show their commitment to freedom of speech. “With this drawing I wanted to show how fanatical Islamists or terrorists use religion as a kind of spiritual weapon, Mr. Westergaard said. “Naturally I never imagined these kinds of reactions.”

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