I’m with Shane on this one. Europe should not be bowing to pressure to abandon our principle of free speech.
If you want to see the cartoons that have caused outrage around the world, click the more button below.
Don’t mis-understand me, I have respect for peoples widely differing beliefs, but I feel strongly about everyones right to free speech and for them to have those beliefs. (and me to not have them)
Anyway…. There is no specific, or explicit ban on images of Allah or the Prophet Muhammad – be they carved, painted or drawn. I looked it up.
The nearest you get to it is chapter 42, verse 11 of the Koran which says: “[Allah is] the originator of the heavens and the earth… [there is] nothing like a likeness of Him.”
If you can twist that to mean, “though shalt threaten to kidnap and kill people who don’t follow your faith, when they print a cartoon of Allah” then you’re a smarter man than me. I urge the muslim world to prove you are tolerant of other faiths (as is always claimed) by respecting our belief in free speech.
And before anyone acuses me of bias, or “religious hatred” I remind you of my favourite film… the life of brian.
So in the name of equality, here is my favourite section from that film:
“look all I said was, that halibut was good enough for Jehova…”
“ooooh he said it again!”
“you’re only making it worse for yourself!”
“How can it be worse? I’m being stoned to death?? Jehova, Jehova… Jehova”
Clicking this more link will show you the cartoons in question, I include them here so that you can make your own mind up about them :