Artist Who Set Off Muslim Fury Visits New York City

Kurt Westergaard became target of Muslim terrorist plot

A Danish caricaturist is making his first tour of the United States since the 2005 publication of his cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad that provoked fury across the Muslim world, according to a Danish press freedom group that is promoting the trip.

The International Free Press Society said the caricaturist, Kurt Westergaard, would appear on Wednesday in Manhattan and at Princeton University and on Thursday at Yale University, where the Yale University Press recently refused to include the cartoon in a book about the controversy.

Diana West, the vice president of the society, said Mr. Westergaard’s appearances coincided with the fourth anniversary of the original publication of the cartoon in a Danish newspaper. It showed Muhammad wearing a turban that looked like a bomb.

She said the society was commemorating the anniversary by declaring Wednesday as International Free Press Day “to mark what should have been just a completely unremarkable sheet of cartoons in a relatively small newspaper in a rather small country way far away, but became a world-shaking event that revealed the extent to which free speech in the West is in thrall to Islamic law.”
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- Source / Full Story: Artist Who Set Off Muslim Fury Visits City, James Barron, The New York Times, Sep. 29, 2009 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
Kurt Westergaard’s cartoon was one of 12 cartoons about Islam

Our view

In the name of Islam countless Muslims use any and every opportunity to stage violent protests, issue death threaths, destroy property, murder, and commit other acts of terrorism. Throughout the world, Muslims take to the streets, their mosques and the airwaves to shout threats and lies at Israel, the U.S. and the rest of the world. Islamic newspapers carry anti-semitic cartoons.

While Islamic newspapers print anti-semitic cartoons, Muslims go nuts (yes, nuts) over cartoons about Islam while they generally keep quiet over acts of terrorism and other human rights violations commited by fellow members of their so-called ‘religion of peace.’

If Muslims want to express outrage, let’s see the outrage directed at truly outrageous behavior.

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