Speaking out: Views on cartoon outcry

Published: 04 February 2006 


Inayat Bunglawala, of the Muslim Council of Britain:
"This plays into the hands of Muslim extremists. Many
people at Friday prayers will want to express their
anger, but we say do it within the law." 

Jonathan Sachs, Chief Rabbi: "The only way to have
freedom of speech and freedom from religious hatred is
to exercise restraint. The question is: can we learn
to respect what others hold holy?"

Abdullah Wahim, teacher, outside the Danish Embassy in
London: "If someone said something offensive about my
mother, I would deal with it, but if they insulted the
Prophet it would be worse."

Munira Mizra, British journalist: "Many Muslims want
the same freedoms as everyone else to debate and

Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford: "Freedom of speech
is fundamental but this needs to be exercised

Afreen Parvez, in Saudi Arabia: "Europe and the West
doesn't understand Muslims. Shops here are removing
Danish products. The boycott is the only peaceful way
we can retaliate."

Hamid Karzai, Afghan president: "As much as we condemn
this, we must have the courage to forgive. But that
doesn't mean that insulting cartoons about Islam must

LA Times editorial: "The cartoons are undeniably
offensive ... Yet the overreaction by authoritarian
governments and back-peddling European officials has
been disappointing."

Jihad Momani, editor, Al Shihan, Jordan: "Muslims of
the world be reasonable. What brings more prejudice
against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a
hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in
front of the cameras."

Ramzy Baroud, of the Al Ahram Weekly, Egypt: "The
anti-Danish campaign will widen a chasm separating
both worlds, bolstering the Arabs' reputation of being
intolerant while providing an unimportant cartoonist
with the opportunity of a lifetime."

Die Welt editorial, Germany: "Islam will only become
an accepted religion when there are as many jokes
about Mohamed as there are about Jesus, Moses and


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