A victory for common sense. “Danish appeals court rejects lawsuit against newspaper that published prophet cartoons,” from The Associated Press, June 19 (thanks to Paul):
COPENHAGEN, Denmark: A Danish appeals court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit against the newspaper that first printed the controversial Prophet Muhammad cartoons in 2005, saying they were not intended to insult Muslims.
The Western High Court said it was not proven that Jyllands-Posten’s purpose in printing the cartoons was to depict Muslims as criminals or terrorists.
The court in Aarhus, 125 miles (200 kilometers) northwest of Copenhagen, upheld last year’s lower court ruling, which rejected claims by Danish Muslims that the 12 drawings were meant to insult the prophet and make a mockery of Islam….
The Jyllands-Posten daily has apologized and said it had not intended to offend Muslims. But it stands by its decision to print the drawings to challenge a perceived self-censorship.
“We are very disappointed and sad about the outcome,” said Mohammed Nehme, a spokesman for Islamic Faith Community, one of seven groups that appealed the lower court ruling. “We had hoped it would be in our favor but now we have the court’s word that what they did was in order.”
Nehme said the group had not yet decided whether to appeal to the Supreme Court….