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State Department Backs Muslim Cartoon Protests

At least the State Department, at least according to Saudi-owned Reuters:

A Palestinian holds a poster of Osama bin Laden, while his face is covered, during a protest against cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, published in several European newspapers, during Friday prayers in the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in the port-city of Sidon in south Lebanon February 3, 2006. Muslim anger erupted across the Middle East after Friday prayers, as crowds emerged from mosques burning European flags and vowing revenge for 'blasphemous' cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad printed in European newspapers..

US sides with Muslims in cartoon dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington on Friday condemned caricatures in European newspapers of Islam's Prophet Mohammad, siding with Muslims who are outraged that the publications put press freedom over respect for religion.

"These cartoons are indeed offensive to the belief of Muslims," State Department spokesman Kurtis Cooper said in answer to a question. "We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable."

  One wonders what the State Department has said about this example of freedom of the press and expression:

Actually, one shouldn't wonder. We all know they would be unfazed, since it is only demoralizing to our side.

But it sure incites hatred in me.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 3rd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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