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Danish Muslims to Appeal Drawings Decision
Associated Press ^ | 01/09/06 | JAN M. OLSEN

Posted on 01/09/2006 1:05:09 PM PST by Pikamax

Danish Muslims to Appeal Drawings Decision

By JAN M. OLSEN Associated Press Writer

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A regional prosecutor said he would not file charges against a newspaper that published contentious caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, and Danish Muslim groups said Monday they would appeal.

"We cannot understand the decision," said Ahmad Akkari, a spokesman for a coalition of 11 community groups, adding that they would take their complaints to Denmark's top prosecutor.

He said the 12 caricatures, published Sept. 30 in the Jyllands-Posten daily, were a "clear offense to Islam."

State prosecutor Peter Broendt Joergensen said Saturday the drawings were protected by Denmark's freedom of speech laws and did not violate bans on racism and blasphemy.

Egypt has been spearheading foreign criticism of Denmark over the cartoons. While Egypt "respects freedom of opinion and expression, we also realize the borders which must never be crossed," Egypt's official Middle East News Agency quoted Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit as saying Monday after he was informed of the prosecutor's decision by his Danish counterpart.

Islamic tradition bars any depiction of the prophet, even respectful ones, out of concern that such images could lead to idolatry.

One cartoon shows Muhammad wearing a turban shaped as a bomb with a burning fuse. Another portrays him with a bushy gray beard and holding a sword, his eyes covered by a black rectangle. A third pictures a middle-aged prophet standing in the desert with a walking stick in front of a donkey and a sunset. A fourth depicts a schoolboy near a blackboard.

Twelve artists submitted cartoons after the newspaper asked 40 to submit images in what it called a test of whether people would censor themselves for fear of provoking Muslims.

The paper refused to apologize for publishing the drawings, citing freedom of speech _ a right cherished in this northern European country of 5.4 million that also refused to prosecute an artist who depicted a crucified Jesus Christ with an erection.

Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen rejected calls that he intervene after the caricatures sparked harsh criticism from some Muslim leaders at home and overseas, saying the government has no say over media.

But in a New Year's speech widely seen as an attempt to calm emotions over the issue, Rasmussen condemned "any expression, action or indication that attempts to demonize groups of people on the basis of their religion or ethnic background."

The dispute has created a backlash against Danish Muslim groups, who critics say blew the matter out of proportion by asking Muslim countries to pressure the Danish government to act against the paper.

In her weekly newsletter, Pia Kjaersgaard, the leader of the anti-immigration Danish People's Party, accused some Danish Muslim leaders of conducting a "defamation campaign against the country they live in."

Abdul Wahid Petersen, a leading imam in Denmark, defended the decision to request help from abroad.

"When someone offends the prophet, it is not only just a local problem but affects Muslims worldwide," he said Monday on Danish public radio.


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1 posted on 01/09/2006 1:05:10 PM PST by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax
"We cannot understand the decision," said Ahmad Akkari

And there is the iSlam problem, in a nutshell.

2 posted on 01/09/2006 1:06:57 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Pikamax
"We cannot understand the decision," said Ahmad Akkari, a spokesman for a coalition of 11 community groups

Cannot understand that living in a free society means you may be subject to criticism? Denmark is for the time being still a free society!

3 posted on 01/09/2006 1:07:47 PM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Pikamax
"We cannot understand the decision," said Ahmad Akkari,

Not surprising. Free speech is beyond their comprehension.

4 posted on 01/09/2006 1:09:24 PM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: Pikamax

IF Mohammad is to Islam what Jesus Christ is to Christianity, why can it be offensive to Muslims if a cartoon of Mohammad is drawn, but they could care less about Jesus and if he is maligned?


5 posted on 01/09/2006 1:10:48 PM PST by Meadow Muffin
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To: Pikamax

I'm only surprised that offending them isn't already against the law.


6 posted on 01/09/2006 1:10:48 PM PST by AmericanChef
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To: Rummyfan
I've Emailed copies to 7 Arab Embassies asking them to explain what is offensive and not received a reply yet.
7 posted on 01/09/2006 1:12:02 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Pikamax
"We cannot understand the decision," said Ahmad Akkari

And no wonder.

Muslims are the product of their fathers' seed having been strained through sheets.

Let's just hope these insane mooselimbs had a Merry Christmas.

8 posted on 01/09/2006 1:12:23 PM PST by FerdieMurphy (For English, Press One. (Tookie, you won the Pulitzer and Nobel prizes. Oh, too late.))
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To: Pikamax

Looks like the Mussies have elected themselves "Thought Police".


9 posted on 01/09/2006 1:13:10 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Don't buy Bose. Their warranty is no good.)
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To: airborne

Muslim countries have decided, as a response, to boycott Danish blondes, and in the future, will only rape and abuse Norwegian, Finnish, and Sweedish blondes..


10 posted on 01/09/2006 1:14:12 PM PST by ken5050 (Ann Coulter needs to have children ASAP to pass on her gene pool....any volunteers?)
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To: Pikamax
"He said the 12 caricatures, published Sept. 30 in the Jyllands-Posten daily, were a "clear offense to Islam."

Get used to it, sheethead...
It's going to get a lot worse than that........soon.

Semper Fi

11 posted on 01/09/2006 1:14:15 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Pikamax
While Egypt "respects freedom of opinion and expression, we also realize the borders which must never be crossed,"

By you son of whores - infidel dogs...

12 posted on 01/09/2006 1:14:25 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: Meadow Muffin

Because they are muslim. Why should they care about that? I don't know any christians who give a fig about whether soneone drawsthe mohammed guy.


13 posted on 01/09/2006 1:14:32 PM PST by WoofDog123
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To: Pikamax
Isn't it flipping amazing how Muslims THE WORLD OVER are flooding into nation after nation whose basic societal values, choice of religon (or no religion), and guaranteed rights OFFEND them to no end.....and still they come.

It almost sounds like they have a 'plan', doesn't it?

14 posted on 01/09/2006 1:15:45 PM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Pikamax
But... but... but... the Hate Crimes laws we put in place were designed to specially protect gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people! Our intent wasn't to protect those medieval religious wackos who want to burn gay people at the stake!

Oh no! What have we done?!


/liberal idiot mode off

17 posted on 01/09/2006 1:19:14 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: ncountylee; Pikamax
I've Emailed copies to 7 Arab Embassies asking them to explain what is offensive and not received a reply yet.

They forwarded the emails to Al Qaeda.

18 posted on 01/09/2006 1:20:27 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Happy New Year!)
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To: Izzy Dunne

Here's a link to all of the cartoons, which I publish as a public service to any Mudslime who's not already been offended. http://www.newspaperindex.com/blog/2005/12/10/un-to-investigate-jyllands-posten-racism/


19 posted on 01/09/2006 1:20:41 PM PST by libstripper
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To: river rat
"...a clear offense to Islam."

Yeah, well, ask me if I care!"


20 posted on 01/09/2006 1:21:17 PM PST by airborne (If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?)
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To: Pikamax

Yeah, like they know what Mohammad looks like! These guys wouldn't know criticism if it slapped them upside their rag heads!


21 posted on 01/09/2006 1:35:43 PM PST by wolfcreek
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To: Izzy Dunne

"Islamic tradition bars any depiction of the prophet, even respectful ones, out of concern that such images could lead to idolatry."

And we westerners, infidals, free thinkers, idol worshipers, Christians, atheists, individuals, free people do NOT embrace the "Islamic tradition" nor must we embrace or even respect the "Islamic tradition" by any fair law. The "Islamic tradition" is TERRORISM...and whining, whining.
Soon, Islamics/Muslims will be shunned throughout the world.




22 posted on 01/09/2006 1:47:22 PM PST by purpleland (Elegy 9/11/01 Vigilance and Valor! Socialism is the Opiate of Academia)
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To: purpleland
Soon, Islamics/Muslims will be shunned throughout the world.

Would that it were so.

23 posted on 01/09/2006 1:53:00 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: ncountylee

You may not see the response coming. Van Gogh didn't.


25 posted on 01/09/2006 2:20:57 PM PST by jjmcgo
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To: AmericanChef

Dem Danes are finally getting real tough on Islamists, they're actually drawing unflattering representations of the Prophet. What's next? Water Balloons?


26 posted on 01/09/2006 2:33:02 PM PST by Calusa ( "The ACLU, ... has grown tiresome...does not embody the reasonable person.")
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To: jjmcgo
You may not see the response coming. Van Gogh didn't.

Van Gogh knew Islam very well. He knew the most likely result of bringing Islam's dark side out into the light. He did it anyway.

He was a brave man, doing what needed to be done, and never mind the cost.

27 posted on 01/09/2006 2:42:34 PM PST by magslinger (At the end of the day the only truly educated people are autodidacts.)
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To: Izz

You signed up today to defend Islam from the "threat" of free speech? Don't think you will be here long.


29 posted on 01/29/2006 10:26:41 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Izz
simply because we respect others feelings and emotions.

I remember being distinctly repulsed by the celebrating and cheering by Palestinians in the streets at the carnage caused on 9/11. I don't think Muslims care about my feelings and emotions.

30 posted on 01/29/2006 10:32:28 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Boorrrringg ...)
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To: Izz
it is sad that the most relegious christians are those who have such hates

What about all the religious Muslims and Imams who justify and approve of 9/11?

31 posted on 01/29/2006 10:34:32 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Boorrrringg ...)
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To: Pikamax
Isn't it amazing that people who have fled a stinking 3rd world sh*t hole are working so hard to convert their refuges into the sh*t holes they fled. I guess banging your forehead on the floor five times a day for most of your life will have some affect on your ability to reason.
32 posted on 01/29/2006 10:37:33 AM PST by Natural Law
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To: Izz

I can't understand your English well enough to answer. Isn't America Great?


33 posted on 01/29/2006 10:52:23 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: Pikamax
We cannot understand the decision," said Ahmad Akkari, a spokesman for a coalition of 11 community groups, adding that they would take their complaints to Denmark's top prosecutor. He said the 12 caricatures, published Sept. 30 in the ",Jyllands-Posten daily, were a "clear offense to Islam"

Islam is an offense to mankind

36 posted on 01/29/2006 11:23:26 AM PST by Charlespg (Civilization and freedom are only worthy of those who defend or support defending It)
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To: Pikamax

Would a cartoon of their prophet eating a ham sandwich in hell offend them? Just asking as I look for some paper and a pen.


37 posted on 01/29/2006 11:28:21 AM PST by BigCinBigD (Merry Christmas!)
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To: river rat
"He said the 12 caricatures, published Sept. 30 in the Jyllands-Posten daily, were a "clear offense to Islam."

I've got your "offensive Islam" right here!!


38 posted on 01/29/2006 11:31:27 AM PST by airborne
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To: airborne

It is sad that you banned me because I respond to all the shit u r posting here. And the funny thing they call it freepublic. I think people like you are shame not only on the western culture but on the whole world. Because u represent a hate culture that want to bring humans to the animal style of living. if u r upset with some people who did attack u they dont represent a percent of muslims, and I know pigs like u here dont represent a majority in the western world. ban me again ass whores


39 posted on 01/29/2006 11:40:37 AM PST by izz2
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To: izz2

He didn't ban you, the Admin did.
And IB4TZ!


40 posted on 01/29/2006 11:41:22 AM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: BigCinBigD

I guess my charcoal rendering of a smoking pig turd with a turban on would piss them off, as well.


41 posted on 01/29/2006 11:41:28 AM PST by Malacoda (The Posting Police annoy me)
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To: izz2

Elif Air Ab Deenich


42 posted on 01/29/2006 11:42:20 AM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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Oh! Did I make it IBTZ?


43 posted on 01/29/2006 11:42:36 AM PST by Malacoda (The Posting Police annoy me)
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To: Malacoda; izz2

Yuppers.
He was here as Izz.
Posted a screed.
Got the zot.


45 posted on 01/29/2006 11:43:04 AM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: Malacoda

Drats.
I missed his post 44.


46 posted on 01/29/2006 11:44:15 AM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: izz2
I think people like you are shame not only on the western culture but on the whole world. Because u represent a hate culture that want to bring humans to the animal style of living.

Funny -- it looks like most Islamic countries are the ones living in the Dark Ages like animals, preaching hate for anytihng that's not of Mad Mo the Moon god (pig poop upon him).

47 posted on 01/29/2006 11:45:16 AM PST by Malacoda (The Posting Police annoy me)
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To: Darksheare

As did I. I bet it was ill-considered, poorly spelled, and amusing as heck.


48 posted on 01/29/2006 11:46:14 AM PST by Malacoda (The Posting Police annoy me)
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To: Malacoda

Probably.
Would have been worth the amusement value.


49 posted on 01/29/2006 11:47:10 AM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: Darksheare

Didn't miss much. He didn't read the FR Welcome. Thought FreeRepublic was the Free-for-All he expects America to become.


50 posted on 01/29/2006 11:47:40 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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