Trouble with a capital D
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4670370.stm
The reprinting of that Danish newpaper cartoon depicting the prophet muhammad (pbuh) is beyond ridiculous. Its inflammatory, divisive and dangerous.
For instance, if we were to substitute Mose for Muhammad (pbut) that cartoon would never of made it to print. The paper would be roundly criticised & labelled anti-semitic (& rightly so) if it dared too. And that would be the end of the story. But because its Islam (europe's current evil darling) this is not the case and situation becomes one of a debate about "press freedom" Vs the obtruse narrow-minded oppressive "muhammadians".
"I might not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"
How continental press try and hide behind "Press freedom" is pathetic. Voltaire would role over in his grave. There are limits to what we can say (or the National Front would have a field day). How this "press freedom" stance adopted by continental press is for the betterment of the general public I have no idea.
I would accept a claim of naivety when the cartoon was published orginally. Then it could be argued that this was a case of ignorance on the part of that newspaper and the cartoonist. However the reprinting of a blasphemous cartoon is another kettle of fish altogether and is a premediated attack on a religion & equates to religious incitement.