Friday, January 27, 2006

Friday prayers in Saudi Arabia dominated by denunciation of Danish newspaper cartoon

Saturday's Arab News carries a story about the continuing controversy about a September, 2005 cartoon collage about the Prophet Muhammad that was printed by Denmark's largest newspaper, Jyllands-Postens. Friday for Muslims is what Sunday is to Christians: the day to visit the house of worship.

Imams in Saudi Arabia not only denounced the Danish cartoons, pictured above, but called for a Saudi boycott of all Danish goods. Yesterday, the Saudi government recalled its ambassador from Copenhagen.

The controversy about the cartoon has been simmering for months.

Muslims in Denmark and now around the world are demanding an apology from Jyllands-Postens for running the cartoons. The paper refuses, citing the sanctity of free speech.

Among Muslims, even deferential images of the Prophet are considering sacrilegious; humorous and disrespectful artistic renditions of the Prophet are viewed as blasphemous by followers of Islam.

One of the drawings of Muhammad gives the Prophet a turban shaped like a bomb.

Well, if you don't like it, then you don't have to look.

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