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Something Rotten in the State of Denmark

Posted on Feb 7, 2006

Khalil Bendib

Something Rotten in the State of Denmark; Denmark Muhammed Cartoon

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By Anders Hansen, November 4, 2010 at 6:21 am Link to this comment
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Guten Tag!

Nice drawing, but in Denmark it is actually not illegal to deny the holocaust

But nice try!

Greetings from Denmark

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By Mike, January 24, 2009 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment
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OMG, They made a cartoon of the POPE!!! RIOT, BURN, Kill all muslim infidels. THIS is blasphemy!! KILL, DEATH…..BLAH BLAH… doesn’t that sound ridiculous. So its okay for them to make cartoons making fun of other religions but when we touch theirs they cry about it. I guess their god isn’t powerful enough to defend himself, thats okay, mine is so thats why I don’t complain.

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By Thomas Rune Knudsen, February 28, 2008 at 8:39 am Link to this comment
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Is it really a fair comparison? One is regonized and horrible historical fact a organized murder of millions the other where made to spur a debate (why drawers refused to draw pictures of Muhammed for a childrensbook). I understand that this drawing is trying to say and the right to draw it.

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By amna, February 24, 2008 at 2:02 am Link to this comment
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Muslims are weird! So different and follow some incomprehensible rules! Believe me you are like that for most of them as well.. I myself don’t understand why free speech should damage others… Everyone usually fails to understand or accept others different than them.. that’s ok… but don’t be so stupid to show that in a very silly way.. humans have dignity and rights to choose and think as well and obviously those drawing of the Islam prophet are an insult to Muslims…. so why are we going further? Does Islam matter to you that much that you want this to go on?
Is insulting a core belief of millions will make you satisfied? Their actions might be foolish even to me as a muslim myself but hey! it just shows you how deep that hurts them!


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By Moesha, February 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment
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On one side is a holocost that killed millions of human beings, on the other is protecting the “reputation” of a religious idol that apparently can’t be talked about.  Maybe you should worry more about treating your women better than some dude you’ll never meet.  What are you gay or what?

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By krish, December 14, 2006 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment
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denmark cartoons depicted only the truth. not fiction.
Watever cartoon were drawn r 100% right. everyone knows that, then why protest, one should realize their faults try to improve themselves.
All muslims should know that islam is the only religion which is out-dated and im-practical.
Should get well on and get modern, after all we should see cartoon as the symbol of humour, not to create terror.
The muslim world’s reaction on this cartoons itself shows how foolish is the whole muslim world.

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By chairman_mao, March 28, 2006 at 2:27 pm Link to this comment
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WOW!!!!these cartoons where first published awhile back,long before violent protests showing muslims where broadcast across the globe.inbetween the time when these cartoons where first published and the actual rioting there was no violence in the country the cartoons where first published in or anywhere else in the world..wonder why!its these fanatic islamist religious leaders who created and agitated this situation….wonder why the media didnt stress this…...hmmmmm

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By herbert rosenbaum, February 15, 2006 at 9:12 am Link to this comment
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I’ve just returned from Damascus.
The real reason they’ve burned down the Danish embassy is because they’re having an unusually cold winter in the region.
We Danes plan to retaliate by stopping our export of sand to the Sahara, and sending Syrians more danish Feta cheese(which doesn’t taste so good).
On the other hand our flag manufacturers are having a heyday selling more danish flags to the middle east for burning. We are thinking of including a box of matches with each flag as a special offer.
Business is business.
Seriously though, most muslims in Denmark enjoy the danish sense of humor (alot like New York city humor)and think the Arab religious leaders are out of their minds.

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By gadsen76, February 14, 2006 at 1:03 pm Link to this comment
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Our presidents undying devotion to meddleing in the affairs of muslim countries is what fuels these riots. These people aren’t really this upset over some stupid ass cartoons. They are pissed that foriegn armies are in either thier land or in the land of thier brothers. Not a single american would lay down and capitulate if some country invaded us to save us from our goverment, and most of us can’t stand this administration. We would fight for our freedom. This is what is happening in iraq. People are fighting for thier land for thier freedom. Perhaps we dont like the kind of freedom they have, but if we impose our will upon them then we are robbing them of the very thing we claim to be giving them.

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By rje, February 14, 2006 at 7:46 am Link to this comment
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American planes are now running 150 bombing sorties a month over Iraq, destroying homes and burning children. American ground forces are still smashing down doors in the middle of the night to brutalize and humiliate sleeping families, and have begun training Shiite death squads to take over the torture chambers and concentration camps.

This sort of thing has been going on for almost three years. Note that the invasion and occupation were prompted by greed, without even the provocation of a set of cartoons.

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By Tony Wicher, February 13, 2006 at 11:06 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t know who is stupider, George Bush or these cartoon-rioting Allah freaks, but it doesn’t bode well for the continued existence of our species.

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By Tony Wicher, February 13, 2006 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t it ironic that the view of Muslims expressed by the cartoon of the Prophet with the bomb coming out of his head has been so thoroughly validated, confirmed and strenghened by the violent response? It is as if all those rioting Muslims were out to prove that the cartoon was perfectly accurate. Idiots!

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By Lisa, February 13, 2006 at 11:53 am Link to this comment
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Free speech is free speech. I love how you say we have the luxury of choice and how we should choose to abstain from offending the people that don’t like the content of certain satirical cartoons. What about their choices? Don’t they have a choice in how they respond? Why not lecture them on their incredibly irresponsible violence over cartoons?? For chrissake, they burn American flags on a daily basis, kidnap reporters and kill them for sport when they don’t get what they want and have published many articles, pictures, blown up countless people etc., that the average Christian or plain old atheist American finds deeply offensive. So we are to bow down to them because they can’t express themselves in a civilized manner. If they don’t like Mohammed depicted with a bomb strapped to his head, maybe they should think about what message they are sending about themselves and their radical beliefs when they strap bombs to themselves? I mean, if they want to see Mohammed with flowers in his hair and peace sign on his robes, maybe they should represent the non-voilant side of Islam instead of constantly reinforcing the radical, extremist, voilent side with their bizarre behavior. The luxury of choice is afforded to everyone and maybe it is them that needs to re-evaluate their choised and how they function in this world before they all get nuked off the planet.

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By Ben Cooper, February 11, 2006 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment
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There may indeed be an issue of double-standards when it comes to holocaust denial in some European countries (as there certainly isn’t any law against being a garden-variety anti-Semite), but it seems to me that many moderate Muslims are suggesting that it would be fine for the West to criticise/satirise Islam, so long as they can do the same to the Jews - putting specific, repeated emphasis on the Jews, not Christianity or any other religion as their target of choice.

And may I suggest that double-standards exist on both sides, with the press in the Middle East having for years drawn comparisons between the West and crusaders, tyrants, evangelical proselytisers etc. For me, such comparisons, while generally inaccurate, are fine. It is not a matter for censorship (particularly in their own countries), but a matter for education. The more we can dispel the myths on both sides of the fence, the better. And we might as well refrain from blowing each other up in the meantime.

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By nate, February 10, 2006 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment
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The sentiment of this cartoon is certainly understandable, but a little consideration shows that it misses the point. To deny that the holocaust occured, is to deny a historical fact. To potray a muslim as a suicide bomber, although unrepresentative of the religion, is still an accurate portrayal of reality: there are fringe Muslim fundamentalists who actually believe that suicide bombing is more holy than a lasting peace.  The reality is a) most of the protests were provoked by Arab governments who need to show their populations that they care about Muslim causes and b) much of the media doesn’t realize that most mainstream Muslims are quite comforatble mocking their religion, in the same manner as Christians and Jews. Unfortunately, war receives higher ratings on TV than peace.

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By Novenge, February 10, 2006 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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Hmm wow my post didn’t show up??? Maybe you have your own censorship then. Don’t criticize the Danes on anything from now on okay—atleast they are allowing freespeech.

As a Democrat you at Truthdig truly embarrass me. Get off our team and take that ass-hole Howard Dean with you.

TRUTH???? WE don’t want that!!!!!!!

I won’t be back!

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By Novenge, February 10, 2006 at 9:40 am Link to this comment
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I’ve blogged on this, blogged on this, blogged on this but the problem is Islam there really is no room for apologistisms here. Yes God forbid we portray radical Islam as radical Islam. They want us to end the stereotyping of them so to prove that they aren’t violent or for that matter insane they go out and burn embassies—good show guys. I guess we were wrong about ye’.

And secondly the cartoons went out on SEPT. 30th 2005—hmm wow a three month lead up to a ‘spur of the moment’, heated but hasty outburst of spurious violence and protest that just came about. Yes quite the instantaneous reaction.

So let me get this straight the Danes insult radical Islam, Radical Islam is planning an attempt via cartooning to insult the Jews (??? tire screech) are the jews then supposed to insult the Danes? I’m not sure how this is supposed to go. Why attack the Jews on this? WEll Islam is an insane religion but we’re not allowed to notice.

A group who severs off peoples heads and other horrible primative acts (not to mention the insanity of blowing oneself up—and please spare me the ‘they have no hope’ bull-shit) we are supposed to have all this sympathy for them????


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By curt, February 9, 2006 at 11:20 am Link to this comment
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I don’t support bashing of Muslims or forcing them to take on forms of governments that Western countries prescribe for them. I don’t support Bush’s policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, the problem with these protests is the extreme manner in which they are being carried out. When editorial cartoons use images of Jesus or the star of David (and yes it does happen) do you see thousands of Christians or Jews around the world rioting and burning down the embassies of countries where the cartoons were published? NO, you don’t. Never.

This behavior has forced me to admit to myself that extremist muslims are: a) more prevalent or apparent than moderate ones; b) much more barbaric than the extremists in any other religion; c) not worth caring about.

I dislike this, because I’m not the only one who is making this judgment. And that plays directly into the hands of the Bushocracy, as it give credence to their aggressive policies in the Middle East.

Way to go wackos!

PS: No, I’m neither Christian or Jewish - so there.

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By philipp, February 9, 2006 at 3:48 am Link to this comment
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Well, in fact it is not forbidden in Denmark to deny the Holocaust.

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By Jeffrey Pratt, February 8, 2006 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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This cartoon makes a well-taken point: “hate-speech” laws are antithetical to a free society.

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By ariel langli, February 8, 2006 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment
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To whom it may concern (all print and internet publications throughout the world):

I support “freedom of the press” in all cases, including satirical cartoons which cause the reader to pause, think and dialogue.  However, I beg you, please consider the horror these images of Muslim’s prophet are provoking in the name of “freedom.”  Lives are being lost.  You have the luxury of “choice” and all the responsibility that comes with that choice.  Choice is a wonderful thing, yet we will make mistakes and then learn from them.  Learn from your mistakes, please.  Printing these cartoons is a profound insult to the hearts and souls of some people.  Please don’t continually lower yourselves to this level just because you can.


Ariel Langli

P.S.  I resisted the chance to view these provocative cartoons in order to respect the views of others.

P.P.S.  Note: I am a Democrat and do not support Bush, nor his administration.  I am deeply ashamed that he acts in the name of the U.S.A.  It will take a long time for America to right his wrongs.

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By Doug Tarnopol, February 8, 2006 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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Exactly. Not that the hypocrisy on the Muslim-press side (collectively speaking) isn’t as stark.

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