As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 9


Something is rotten in the state of Denmark

*A line from the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare. This expression is used to describe corruption or a situation in which something is wrong

‘Last autumn Jyllands-Posten assigned 40 prominent Danish caricaturists to draw Prophet Muhammad (sallalalhu alaihi wa-sallam). Twelve responded and the results were published on September 30. The project was deliberately designed to provoke…’ ‘According to the cultural editor of the newspaper, Flemming Rose, it was aimed at ‘testing the limits of self-censorship in Danish public opinion’ when it comes to Islam and Muslims.’ [Peter Schwarz – World Socialist Web Site]
    However, the efforts of Jyllands-Posten, an overtly xenophobic and right-wing newspaper, failed to cause a scandal or protests for a complete week, after which journalists turned on to Danish Imams inciting them to protest. Since then there has been a world-wide protest in which many people have lost their lives, property has been damaged, a diplomatic crisis has erupted and innocent Danish Industries with decades of business relations with the middle-east have had to suffer.
    On 6th of February 2006, ‘The Guardian Newspaper’, exposed that Jyllands-Posten had earlier refused to run drawings ridiculing Jesus Christ (alaihis-salaam) on the grounds that they could be offensive to readers, as Jens Kaiser, the editor explained, ‘I don't think Jyllands-Posten's readers will enjoy the drawings. As a matter of fact, I think that they will provoke an outcry. Therefore, I will not use them.’

    Thereafter, the cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, eager to shrug off the charge of bias against Islam, agreed on CNN News Television, to publish cartoons of the Holocaust, but his newspaper backed up from this saying that it would not publish any anti-Christian or anti-Jewish cartoons. They even called the organization of a contest to draw holocaust cartoons as a ‘tasteless media stunt’.

    Therefore Jyllands-Posten seemed to loose its appetite, ‘to investigate to what extent self-censorship exists in Denmark’ when it comes to ridiculing Jesus Christ or the holocaust, which exposed their hypocrisy and lack of principles. It also showed that they are well aware that ridiculing religious figures ‘will provoke an outcry’ and that mocking a particular religion or its sanctities is nothing more than a ‘tasteless media stunt’, and yet Flemming Rose approved of the publication of cartoons that will deeply offend the Muslims and would jeopardize his country’s relations with the Islamic world. Flemming Rose belongs to a Jewish family from Ukraine, and is a disciple of the American Neocon, ‘Daniel Pipes’ who is a well-known pro-Israel Islamophobe. Rose traveled to Philadelphia in October 2004 to visit Daniel Pipes and even penned an article entitled, ‘The Threat of Islamism.’ The political views of Rose and his double-standards when it comes to Islam, is a clear indication of the malicious intent behind the publication of the cartoons. It is not about revolting against censorship or freedom of speech – it is about people with vested interests jeopardizing social harmony for their selfish interests.

    ‘The fact that the editors behind the anti-Islamic images claim to be exercising free speech while refusing to address Europe’s strict censorship laws regarding discussion of the Holocaust and the ongoing imprisonment of historical revisionists reveals the existence of a more sinister agenda behind the provocative cartoons.’ [Christopher Bollyn: American Free Press]

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