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We Kossacks can make a stand for Freedom of the Press.  

Typical of Scandinavian pioneering, Denmark's free press leaders trail-blazed the way by orginally publishing the cartoons last year.

Why did Jyllands-Posten publish the cartoons? The Copenhagen Post explains: "Jyllands-Posten called for and printed the cartoons by various Danish illustrators, after reports that artists were refusing to illustrate works about Islam, out of fear of fundamendalist retribution. The newspaper said it printed the cartoons as a test of whether Muslim fundamentalists had begun affecting the freedom of expression in Denmark."

To see the Muhammad drawings:
click here.

Today 7 newspapers in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain have reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to show support for a Danish paper whose cartoons have sparked fundamentalist Muslim outrage.  

Germany's Die Welt proudly proclaimed "we have the right to blaspheme".  Very cool!!

Could Kossacks show solidarity by publishing these cartoons here and making Kos a fundamentalist-free zone.

Originally posted to Norwegian Chef on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 03:15 PM PST.

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  •  nazis and the KKK are allowed to march freely (2.80)
    that doesn't mean we should celebrate them, or show solidarity. this cartoonist is a bigoted, xenophobic right wing bastard, and we would be ill-served to give him publicity.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 03:21:10 PM PST

    •  Much Issue (4.00)
      There is a much bigger issue at stake here than the background of a cartoonist and this is why a wide array of European Newspapers (mostly mainstream left to centre) are doing what they are doing.

      Anyway I am not familiar with the background of the cartoonist, so before you start calling names you should show some proof.

      The cartoons themselves are quite poignant and far worse satire has appeared on Kos!

      Bushes are reindeer food!

      by Norwegian Chef on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 03:30:38 PM PST

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    •  It's not just one cartoonist (4.00)
      it's several, and it's a principle at stake. The Norwegian paper' editor has received death threats, you have protests and boycotts.

      Here are a couple. Are they worth death threats?

      Do you really find the above hate filled?

      In the long run, we're all dead (Keynes)
      Read more on the European Tribune - bringing dKos to Europe

      by Jerome a Paris on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 03:32:14 PM PST

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      •  I wonder (4.00)
        if a cartoonist had done something similar in regards to christian fundamentalists, we would be putting those cartoons on the front page. Somehow ridicule of fundagelical nuts is OK but ridicule of Islamic fundamentalism is racist. Give me a break.

        And yes there is a principle here, newspapers ought to be allowed to run whatever content they want without death threats or boycotts; offensive or not. Free speech is free speech, you don't like it? Don't watch it.

        I HATE REPUBLICANS, HATE HATE HATE THEM!!!!!!!!! UGHHHHH [-5.50, -4.69]

        by michael1104 on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 03:38:45 PM PST

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        •  I agree with your (none)
          basic position -"Free Speech is free speech" but then you lost me at "without death threats or boycotts". Boycotts are a form of free speech so why can't I boycott those who offend me?
        •  This is exactly right. (none)
          There is so much fundamentalist Christian satire and commentary on Kos to everyone's amusement, but the minute it involves another religion, it is somehow different.  ITS NOT DIFFERENT!!


          Bushes are reindeer food!

          by Norwegian Chef on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 03:44:12 PM PST

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        •  fundamentalism? (none)
          this was obviously designed to offend EVERY muslim? you define every muslim as fundamentalist?

          why dont you respond to another poster's comment regarding laws against holocaust denial, which could land you in jail in Germany. it's against the law to question the holocaust but this is perfectly OK? i struggle to find a more appropriate example of hypocrisy.

          •  i reply (none)
            to whatever post I want. I don't believe they were meant to offend every muslim. But like I said, any cartoon ridiculing Christians would be taken with open arms here, and if you deny that, you are the hypocrite. And I think holocaust denial is fine by me, like I said, free speech is free speech.

            I HATE REPUBLICANS, HATE HATE HATE THEM!!!!!!!!! UGHHHHH [-5.50, -4.69]

            by michael1104 on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 05:30:58 PM PST

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            •  i do deny it (none)
              it may be taken with open arms in general, but i wouldnt take it with open arms.

              its fine if you dont believe they were meant to offend every muslim, but obviously they did.

              holocaust denial may be perfectly fine by you as well, but its not fine according to the german laws - it is THEIR hypocrisy i was referring to - they cant possibly claim to be defending free speech ...

        •  absolutely right (none)
          Islamic nutjobs are just as evil as the christian nutjobs.

          Sponge Bob, Mandrake, Cartoons. That's how your hard-core islamahomocommienazis work.

          by Benito on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 05:26:49 PM PST

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      •  This reminds me... (none)
        very much of Southerners and their response to black folks who are offended by the Confederate flag.  "I don't take it that way, therefore your feelings about the object are not valid and I should be able to brandish it as I see fit.  BTW, it's of no consequence that all the people who run everything around here look just like me and agree with me and a lot of them hate you." In other words, that's total bullshit.
    •  wrong (4.00)
      there's nothing bigoted about a cartoon showing Muhammad declaring that there aren't enough virgins in paradise for all the suicide bombers.  It's funny as hell, it's irreverent, and it's good satire.

      I have no problem with Kanye West wearing a crown of thorns, and I have no problem with this cartoonist.

      If we applaud our own irreverent swipes at Christian fundamentalists, but tsk-tsk this kind of thing, then we are exactly what Bill O'Reilly says we are.

      But I'm not.

  •  Er, no. (4.00)
    I support free speech. That doesn't mean I have to print or repeat every filthy thing that comes out of people's mouths.
  •  While I support free speech (3.50)
    I also decry speech that is tasteless and insulting. What's the point of this other than to accuse Islam of being a "terrorist organization" on the basis of its foundation. Does the West really need to take on a billion Muslims by infuriating them?

    If not now, when? When they come for you, then it will be too late. Shout it from the rooftops, take it to the streets.

    by tjfxh on Wed Feb 01, 2006 at 03:30:58 PM PST

  •  Political cartoonists are supposed (none)
    to piss people off.  Herblock once said the editorials are like little pebbles, and the cartoon is one giant stone being thrown.  If no one is offended, the artist failed.

    And did you ever meet a god who couldn't take a joke?  

  •  Saudi Gay Discussion (none)
    So when will I see a discussion of gay rights in a Saudi newspaper?  Or maybe I should just be content to settle for a discussion about women driving.  

    "Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log
    in your own eye?"  

    This certainly describes the type of venemous criticism that European institutions receive from Muslims.  Perhaps when I see a thorough discussion of honor killings in EVERY Islamic society, then I'll think about criticizing these cartoons.

  •  applause for this (none)
    brave showing by these newspapers.

    Europe has thrown off the yoke of Christian fundamentalism through irreverence; if it bows it head to Islamic fundamentalism those gains will be for naught.

  •  Let's face it... (none)
    Liberals no longer support free speech (unless it's our own). Where was the outrage when Theo VanGogh was killed? To this day the only people who speak up for VanGogh are the neocons.
      Just suppose he had made a film supporting abortion rights and was killed by a Christian fundamentalist. We'd be outraged and climbing the walls and screaming our heads off about the outrageous oppression (secretly perpetrated by Karl Rove).
      There have been a few attempts to diary on the topic of the cartoons here. They've been deleted or ignored.
       Will we leave the "free speech" meme to the neocons?
    Sadly, yes.
  •  This is something that needs to be seen. (none)
    When taken in totality the monotheistic religions of the middle east are very violent and hate filled and violent things.
  •  Nothing wrong with these cartoons. (none)
    We laugh all the time at satire directed at the religious right here. These cartoons are directed at right-wing Islamic fundamentalism as opposed to all Muslims.
  •  Touchy, aren't they? (none)
        The cartoons do not seem to represent the prophet Muhammad.  They seem to involve some generic Arab (presumably Islamic) male being a jerk.  I would imagine we could all agree that the Islamic right wing noise machine doesn't want anyone to call attention to their idiocy.
  •  Continued elsewhere (none)
     Since there's no possibility of an open discussion on this site I've posted an article on this issue at:

    Lily-livered liberals who can't deal with the realization they're being manipulated by European wing-nuts should avoid.

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