Just for the record: drawing or publishing or displaying cartoons is an innocuous act by any objective standard. Murdering people who do those things — that’s an odious terrorist act.
“Key Muslim body Al-Azhar condemns ‘sick’ Mohammed cartoons,” AFP, June 25, 2015:
Cairo (AFP) – The leading Sunni Muslim seat of learning, Al-Azhar, on Thursday denounced the “sick imagination” behind cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that were aired on Dutch national television.
A statement by the Cairo-based Al-Azhar also urged Muslims to “ignore this odious terrorist act”, a day after some 10 cartoons were screened by anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders during a television slot for political parties.
“The stature of the prophet of mercy and humanitarianism is greater and more noble than to be harmed by cartoons that have no respect for morals or civilised standards,” it said.
Many Muslims feel drawings of the prophet are disrespectful or outright blasphemous, and some Dutch Muslims have chosen to simply disregard Wilders.
Yeah, that’s why he is under 24-hour guard.
The Dutch politician said he was making the broadcasts to defend freedom of speech after two militants launched an attack in May on a Mohammed cartoon contest in Texas, before being shot dead by police.
“Freedom of speech must always prevail over violence and terror,” Wilders told viewers in the broadcast….
Indeed. But many in the once-free West think that defending the freedom of speech is “disrespectful” to Muslims, and must therefore be eschewed.