Thursday, October 06, 2005

Denmark: Imam demands apology for Mohammed cartoons

Imam demands apology for Mohammed cartoons

Daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten is facing accusations that it deliberately provoked and insulted Muslims by publishing twelve cartoons featuring the prophet Mohammed. The newspaper urged cartoonists to send in drawings of the prophet, after an author complained that nobody dared to illustrate his book on Mohammed. The author claimed that illustrators feared that extremist Muslims would find it sacrilegious to break the Islamic ban on depicting Mohammed. Twelve illustrators heeded the newspaper's call, and sent in cartoons of the prophet, which were published in the newspaper one week ago. Daily newspaper Kristeligt Dagblad said one Muslim, at least, had taken offence. 'This type of democracy is worthless for Muslims,' Imam Raed Hlayhel wrote in a statement. 'Muslims will never accept this kind of humiliation. The article has insulted every Muslim in the world. We demand an apology!' Jyllands-Posten described the cartoons as a defence for 'secular democracy and right to expression'. Hlayhel, however, said the newspaper had abused democracy with the single intention of humiliating Muslims. Lars Refn, one of the cartoonists who participated in the newspaper's call to arms, said he actually agreed with Hlayhel. Therefore, his cartoon did not feature the prophet Mohammed, but a normal Danish schoolboy Mohammed, who had written a Persian text on his schoolroom's blackboard. 'On the blackboard it says in Persian with Arabic letters that 'Jyllands-Posten's journalists are a bunch of reactionary provocateurs',' Refn said. 'Of course we shouldn't let ourselves be censored by a few extremist Muslims, but Jyllands-Posten's only goal is to vent the fires as soon as they get the opportunity. There's nothing constructive in that.' Flemming Rose, cultural editor at the newspaper, denied that the purpose had been to provoke Muslim. It was simply a reaction to the rising number of situations where artists and writers censured themselves out of fear of radical Islamists, he said. 'Religious feelings cannot demand special treatment in a secular society,' he added. 'In a democracy one must from time to time accept criticism or becoming a laughingstock.' It is not the first time Hlayhel has created headlines in Denmark. One year ago, he became the target of criticism from Muslims and non-Muslims alike, when he said in a sermon during Friday prayer, that Danish women's behaviour and dress invited rape.

Here's what imam Hlayhel has said before:

“Women who go to hairdressers will go to hell”

Raed Hleihel, an imam visiting from Århus, told men at the congregation to go home and make sure their wives and daughters draped every inch of their bodies with clothing. ‘I would like a Muslim girl to name one heavenly wise man, who permitted her to wear only a light veil over her hair and claim she was veiled, although her body was visible,’ Hleihel said. ‘A woman who wants to call herself a believer must cover herself completely, according to the sharia rules.’ The imam went as far as saying that women who went to the hairdresser’s and wore perfume would go to Hell. When news broke of the sermon, integration consultants and politicians rallied to denounce it as ‘medieval’ and ‘bigoted.’ The congregation’s spokesman, Kasem Said Ahmed, said the imam expressed his own personal views in his sermon. Nevertheless, the Islamic Religious Community taped the sermon and took it upon itself to distribute it to schoolgirls in Muslim private schools, so that they and their parents could follow Hleihel’s instructions, daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten reported on Monday.

Here's what one of is colleagues has said about Danish women:

Political uproar after mufti's remarks

An Islamic mufti in Copenhagen, Shahid Mehdi, has sparked political outcry from the left-wing Unity List and right-wing Danish People's Party, after stating in a televised interview that women who do not wear headscarves are "asking for rape."


At October 06, 2005 9:27 PM, Blogger RobertinArabia said...

The Danish iman would be out of step here where store that sell perfume for women abound.

At October 07, 2005 12:31 AM, Blogger PD111 said...

I for one would gladly give an apology if the said imam, and the rest of the muslim community left Denmark for good.

I find imams, mullahs, burqas and other signs of human servitude, extremely offense.

At October 07, 2005 9:02 AM, Blogger greykangaroo said...

and today's report on more exemplary behaviour from australia

Screams in court as bail refused over gang rape

October 7, 2005 - 12:33PM

A mother screamed and wept after a court revoked bail today for one of her sons who allegedly gang-raped a 17-year-old girl.

The 19-year-old man is accused - along with seven others - of gang-raping the girl in Arncliffe in June 2002.

The man, who was a minor at the time of the offence, later allegedly threatened to kill the girl in a conversation recorded by police, Bidura Children's Court heard this morning.

He also invoked the Koran and "his mother" when promising to hurt one of the other alleged rapists who had named him as one of the offenders, Magistrate Paul Mulroney said.

The conversation, which might not be admissable in a trial, was recorded in a police cell when the man was first arrested.

The eight are accused of aggravated sexual assault in company at the girl's home.

The man's brother was yesterday refused bail for the same offence.

Two other alleged rapists were freed on bail after appearing in court. Three others are due to apepar for a review of their bail conditions this afternoon.

At October 07, 2005 3:19 PM, Blogger Olivia said...

What doesn't offend these cretins? The other night on Jay Leno, they had a skit where they showed stuff you can buy on E-Bay. One of them was a Jesus Christ Rookie Card. No fatwas, outrages, threats over that. That's because we've grown up, matured, got a sense of humour. Muslims will never get to that state. They are held in a permanent state of retardation by their cult. I'm sick and tired of them already. They are boring. We have so much to worry about in life than waste our time and efforts pandering to these backward idiots & their constant grievances over every stupid thing. A picture, for God's sake. A picture of someone, and this sets them off. Unbelievable! They are such a waste of time.

At October 11, 2005 1:19 PM, Blogger ritzy said...

Hey! What ever happened to tolerance? It should me a matter of course that you don't make images of Mohamed when it is a serious offence in the eyes of the followers of that religion. Respecting each others faith is the only thing this is about. I notice from your comments that you have other issues you're not pleased with but keep the apples and the pears apart, would you please, this is such a basic matter of respect, I am stunned that you are even questioning it.

At October 22, 2005 8:12 AM, Blogger alexandraforyou said...

I am a Muslim and I can assure you that going to the hairdressers shan’t place you in hell.
Some so-called Islamic leaders don’t have a standard education and that being the case they demolish Islam’s name. Is a non-Muslim was to bomb a hotel in Sydney Rd, it’s classified horrifying and all those sad words. Sentence, jail…and all that jazz.
A so called Muslim who bombs a hotel in Sydney Rd, it becomes a terrorist attack. I am by no means justifying what he did, I am merely pointing out how bias the world is. I am thirteen years old, live in Australia and I could hardly walk down the street without someone thinking or saying “She’s oppressed” seeing my headscarf. My parents never forced me to wear the headscarf as that is haram (prohibited).
Killing an innocent life is haram. It stated that in Hadiths (saying of the prophet) and the Quran.
Many people think that a Muslim is- someone who wears the headscarf and plots daily murders on the west, someone who is oppressed and is mentally absurd.
A Muslim is someone who follows the teachings of the last prophet and the Holy Quran, we pray five times a day, we fast in the holy month of Ramadan, go to Hajj if we can afford it.
People think that we have gained some kind of sympathy from the media and the government is trying to protect us from racist comments, but we don’t their sympathy, which I believe is ignorance and pity.
I am sick to the rim of the whole stereo-type of a Muslim.
Many people stereo-type Muslims to be one block of people, and many Muslims stereo-type non-Muslims as one block of people…we’re both wrong.
If want to live in a peaceful and tolerant world, we have to actually do something.
I am a normal person, trying to live a normal life, trying to go through school and all that jazz, and it hurts when you turn on the news and people are blaming you. You.
Your religion.
It hurts that so many people are victims of mass media.
It hurts to know that out there people hate me.
And they don’t even know me.
I wish people would respect my religion because I respect theirs.

At December 03, 2005 5:37 AM, Blogger Ariël Bruéns said...

What do you think ? Will this little GIF bring mee some fatwa's ? See (click on popup link with capital letters in the post) .


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