JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — An American distributor of religious press releases has published the caricatures of Muhammad which have sparked violent protests in the Muslim world.
On its Web site, Christian Newswire has posted the cartoons that first appeared in a Danish newspaper, including one of an angry Muhammad with a fuse-lit bomb in his turban, and another of Muhammad on a cloud telling newly arrived suicide bombers, “Stop Stop, We have run out of virgins!”
Islamic tradition forbids any depiction of the religion’s holiest figure.
Christian Newswire director Gary McCullough says nobody paid for the Web posting, and his company isn’t “speaking on behalf of the Christian faith.”
But McCullough says he’s concerned that some American media are censoring themselves in the face of “terroristic threats,” and he wants to stand with those who won’t be intimidated.