The Jake Files

February 5, 2006

US Blasts Mohammed Cartoons

Filed under: Cartoon Intifada,General,Politics,War on Terror — Amazing Jake @ 3:09 pm

This is disturbing (hat tip Zonitics):

US blasts cartoons of Prophet Mohammed
Feb 03 11:11 AM US/Eastern

US blasts cartoons of Prophet Mohammed
Feb 03 11:11 AM US/Eastern

The United States blasted the publication by European newspapers of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed as unacceptable incitement to religious or ethnic hatred. “These cartoons are indeed offensive to the beliefs of Muslims,” State Department spokesman Justin Higgins said when queried about the furore sparked by the cartoons which first appeared in a Danish newspaper.

“We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility,” Higgins told AFP.“Inciting religious or ethnic hatreds in this manner is not acceptable. We call for tolerance and respect for all communities and for their religious beliefs and practices.”The cartoons have caused an international furore, with protests in many Muslim nations and from Muslim political leaders.While Danish and Norwegian missions are burning in Damascus and Beirut, and while the President proclaims that “freedom is on the march,” the US State Department apparently doesn’t believe that freedom of speech and of the press is not worthy of defending.




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