This is what the cartoon rage is really all about: criminalizing criticism of Islam in the West, which would, of course, allow jihadists a virtually free hand. From the BBC, with thanks to archduke:
Muslim scholars who gathered for an emergency meeting have called for changes to the law to stop images of the Prophet Muhammad being published.
Members of the Muslim Action Committee (MAC) who met in Birmingham called for changes to the Race Relations Act and the Press Complaints Commission code.
They are to stage a protest march in London on 18 February, expected to attract 20,000 to 50,000 people….
Shaikh Faiz Saddiqi, who chaired the meeting, said Wednesday’s gathering of about 300 Islamic religious leaders was the largest meeting of its kind he knew of in his 25 years of living in the UK….
Mr Saddiqi said they had concluded they wanted the Race Relations Act modified to give Muslims the same protection as Sikhs or Jews.
He also said the Press Complaints Commission code of conduct should be tightened to prevent publication of any images of Muhammad, but added the clerics accepted criticism and discussion of Islam should be allowed.
Sure. As long as it’s favorable.
He said the code was a voluntary code to ensure the media treated people with respect and called for that respect to be shown to Muslims, whose religion forbids any pictorial depiction of Muhammad….
“Enough is enough, we have to get back to being a civil society.
“What kicks can you get out of seeing this caricature, except to insult the Prophet of Islam?”
He praised the UK media for not publishing the cartoons.