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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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To: izz2
"ban me again ass whores

Don't worry, we will.

51 posted on 01/29/2006 11:48:17 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: AmericaUnite

Ah.
I saw his first post as izz2, but missed his post 44.
Pretty much a rehash of everything he'd already said?


52 posted on 01/29/2006 11:55:05 AM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: Darksheare

Read moderator's post #51. That was the end of it.


53 posted on 01/29/2006 11:59:24 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: AmericaUnite

I saw post 39.
Post 44 I missed.


54 posted on 01/29/2006 12:00:57 PM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: Darksheare

I guess I did too. He must have slipped another one in perhaps with another new name. They better ban his IP address. I don't know how you do it, but I've been on other forums were they have done so.


55 posted on 01/29/2006 12:03:21 PM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: AmericaUnite

I was busy yapping when he got the bright flash.
:(
So that one slipped through and I missed it at the splodey.


56 posted on 01/29/2006 12:04:16 PM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: Pikamax
"When someone offends the prophet, it is not only just a local problem but affects Muslims worldwide

Can't say it bothers me.

Muslims have no respect for Jesus and his 'followers'. Can't receive what you are not willing to give.

57 posted on 01/29/2006 12:07:09 PM PST by Dustbunny (Can we build it - Yes we can - Bob the Builder - Can we win it - Yes we can - Geo. W. Bush)
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To: Admin Moderator
He heh: ass whores.

"Gehl, Oy whunt tew tike yew tew uh guy bah..."

58 posted on 01/29/2006 12:29:26 PM PST by Yeti ("He might be drunk!")
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To: Darksheare

Are we still giving cases of Spam as consolation prizes?


59 posted on 01/29/2006 6:17:02 PM PST by BigCinBigD (Merry Christmas!)
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To: BigCinBigD

Thankfully not.
At least, not since the "Spam Can Mace" incident.


60 posted on 01/29/2006 9:57:32 PM PST by Darksheare (And baby says "RAAAAR!")
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To: Pikamax
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.

And in a perfect world, Denmark would reply, Dear Egypt, you're right: Certain boders should never be crossed. Which is why we're sending all Danish moslems to you.

Have a nice day. The Danes.

Mark

61 posted on 01/29/2006 9:59:48 PM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: Meadow Muffin
Your question can be answered with a scene from the movie "Star Wars." Chewbacca and R2D2 are playing "chess," and when R2D2 takes a piece, Chewie gets upset and starts braying. C3P0 says that it's a legal move, but Han Solo interjects that it's not a good idea to upset a wookie. C3P0 replies that nobody's ever concerned with upseting a droid. Han closes the issue with "well, droids don't pull peoples' arms out of their sockets when they lose.

"R2... Let the wookie win!"

Mark

62 posted on 01/29/2006 10:03:21 PM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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