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UK Student Hiding, Posted Mohammed Cartoon

From an outraged Cambridge Evening News:


Fears magazine could fuel racial tension

A Cambridge University student is at the centre of a race-hate probe after printing anti-Islamic material in a magazine.

The 19-year-old second year student at Clare College was in hiding today (Friday, 09 February) after printing the racist cartoon and other vile material.

The article is said to be so inflammatory the undergraduate has been taken to a secret location for his own safety.

Today (Friday, 09 February), senior college officials were locked in urgent talks about how the material came to be published and what action to take against the student at the centre of the scandal.

A university spokesman said police had been made aware of the incident.

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire Police said: "This is a matter for the university authorities to deal with."

He added that an investigation was not yet in progress.

The student magazine, Clareification, printed a cropped copy of the cartoon of the prophet Mohammed next to a photo of the president of the Union of Clare Students.

The cartoon was captioned with the president’s name and vice versa.

There was also comment suggesting one was a "violent paedophile" and the other was "a prophet of God, great leader and an example to us all."

The cartoon was the same one which caused riots across the world when it was printed in a Danish newspaper.

For his own safety and that of others, the student, who is British, has been taken out of his current accommodation and put in a secure place.

The paper had been renamed Crucification for a special edition on religious satire.

The front page included headlines stating: "Ayatollah rethinks stance on misunderstood Rushdie".

On page six, pictures were shown of Muslims holding placards reading: "Behead those who insult Islam" and "Freedom go to Hell."

Enraged students have bombarded the Union of Clare Students with complaints and vice-president of the university’s Islamic society described it as "hugely offensive" and "crude unabashed prejudice."

In a rare move, Clare College fellows have called a Court of Discipline which will sit in judgment on the youth responsible for sparking what is being regarded as one the most embarrassing incidents for the university in years.

The College chaplain has also been involved in talks aimed at trying to ease racial tension and is known to have met members of the Islamic Society and a local Imam to discuss how best to quell fears over potential racial clashes.

In a statement issued by Clare College, senior tutor Patricia Fara said: "Clare is an open and inclusive college. A student produced satirical publication has caused widespread distress throughout the Clare community.

The college finds the publication and the views expressed abhorrent.

Reflecting the gravity of the situation, the college immediately began an investigation and disciplinary procedures are in train."

The Union of Clare Students also tried to quell the furore provoked by the publication.

Calum Davey, the union’s president expressed his "deep regret" over the publication and offered his sincere apologies for the offence caused.

He said: "This material does not reflect the views of Clare students."

An insider at the college said the probe into the racist material had "gone to the very top".

"This has caused the biggest stink imaginable," he said.

"Some of the most senior staff are utterly distraught and disgusted at the thought of what has happened.

"It’s the first time in living memory a Court of Discipline has been set up.

"The stuff this chap printed is very inflammatory indeed. The college fears the material in the publication could be considered as causing racial incitement. It’s causing real abhorrence among the staff."

The cartoon of Mohammed was first published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten in September 2005 and led to the death of four people after Muslims reacted in violent protest…

Ah, academic freedom. We knew you well.

But isn’t it funny how this young man has to hide while Anjem Choudary, the man who made those two signs, who later threatened to kill the Pope, and who has founded several terrorist organizations is still at large in England.

In fact, Cambridge would probably love to have him come lecture.

Apparently Cambridge University agrees.

The cartoon of Mohammed was first published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten in September 2005 and led to the death of four people after Muslims reacted in violent protest…

Four? At least 139 people were killed in the Muslims world’s trumped-up outrage at this nonsense.

Apparently the Cambridge denizens’ abilities at math have disappeared along with their regard for the truth.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 13th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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