JP wouldn’t lampoon another prophet …
Via Pickled Politics, it appears that Jyllands-Posten were selective about whose taboos they’d risk offending - they would portray the Prophet Muhammad (sall’ Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) as a vicious terrorist with a couple of bug-eyed veiled wives, but wouldn’t like to offend their own Christian readership. Not that we want to see another of our prophets (‘alaihim as-salaam) defamed, but the hypocrisy is obvious:
Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that first published the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have caused a storm of protest throughout the Islamic world, refused to run drawings lampooning Jesus Christ, it has emerged today.
The Danish daily turned down the cartoons of Christ three years ago, on the grounds that they could be offensive to readers and were not funny.
Now, if anyone has seen the cartoons they did print, they would realise that these cartoons were even more offensive and no more funny.
In April 2003, Danish illustrator Christoffer Zieler submitted a series of unsolicited cartoons dealing with the resurrection of Christ to Jyllands-Posten.
Zieler received an email back from the paper’s Sunday editor, Jens Kaiser, which said: “I don’t think Jyllands-Posten’s readers will enjoy the drawings. As a matter of fact, I think that they will provoke an outcry. Therefore, I will not use them.”
Admittedly, these were submitted unsolicited; the cartoons they published in September were actually commissioned. It seems that some people are willing to throw caution, and all their principles, to the wind to have a dig at the Muslims. (More: Svend White.)
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