Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Do you understand WHY they were originally published? It seems a Danish author had written a book on Mohammed. So far as I know, it was a respectful book but he wanted it illustrated. He couldn’t find anyone to illustrate it–in Denmark where Lutheranism is the state religion and the Danish Queen its titular head–because of the Muslim prohibition on picturing Mohammed and the FEAR on the part of even Christian illustrators about the consequences. The Jyllands-Posten, according to what I’ve read Denmark’s largest paper, decided to commission the cartoons in order to make the point that they were not afraid of radical European Islamists, even though those Islamists have killed a number of people in Europe including Theo Van Gogh (a decendent of the famous Van Gogh) in the Netherlands, set off bombs in London and rioted all over France..
Now we have the pathetic scene of the major American media showing fear that their European counterparts have overcome. Consider this comments: "’I’m not putting lives in danger. We’re not getting things blown up,’ – David Unger, owner of New York Press, as reported by Harry Siegel, the editor". But some have found their spine including Seattle’s alternative Stranger which recently opined:
I’m personally glad someone somewhere is beginning to stand up and defend western values against radical fundamentalist Islam and maybe soon we’ll stand up against radical fundamentalist Christianity too.,25,181658.006,1,20349,18.104.22.168
181663,181658,181658,2006-02-09 18:16:30,RE: That Danish Cartoon”