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Paying the Jizya


Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold forbidden that which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, [even if they are] of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

—Qur'an, sura 9.29

None of us are totally free of stereotypes about people of different races, different ethnic groups, and different religions ... there was this appalling example in northern Europe, in Denmark ... these totally outrageous cartoons against Islam.

Bill Clinton

The New York Times and much of the rest of the nation's news media have reported on the cartoons but refrained from showing them. That seems a reasonable choice for news organizations that usually refrain from gratuitous assaults on religious symbols, especially since the cartoons are so easy to describe in words.

—The editors of The New York Times

For our part, The Times has not reprinted these insensitive images, even as a means of shedding light on the controversy in Europe.

—The editors of The Los Angeles Times

The cartoons, whose vulgarity and offensiveness are beyond question, were published as a calculated insult last September by a right-wing newspaper in a country where bigotry toward the minority Muslim population is a major, if frequently unacknowledged, problem.

—The editors of The Washington Post

CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.

Statement on CNN website

These cartoons are indeed offensive to the beliefs of Muslims. We all fully recognize and respect freedom of the press and expression but it must be coupled with press responsibility. 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.

—U.S. State Department spokesman Justin Higgins

I reach out personally to the Muslim community to say that I am sorry that their religious feelings were violated by what we did.

—Magazinet editor Vebjoern Selbekk

We express our apologies to the Muslim community and to all the persons that were shocked by the publication of the cartoons.

Raymond Lakah, owner of the French newspaper France Soir

These and other inflammatory images deserve our scorn, just as the violence against embassies and military installations are an unacceptable and intolerable form of protest.

—Senator John Kerry

This seems to be an opportunity to condemn the cartoons and communicate directly with the Muslim people on a host of issues.

—Former congressman and 9/11 Commission member Timothy Roemer

Anything liable to offend the beliefs of others, particularly religious beliefs, must be avoided. Freedom of expression must be exercised in a spirit of responsibility. I condemn all obvious acts of provocation, liable dangerously to inflame passions.

—French President Jacques Chirac

The press will should the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the consequences of exercising the right of free expression, we can and we are ready to self-regulate that right.

—European Union commissioner for justice, freedom and security Franco Frattini

I believe the republication of these cartoons has been unnecessary, it has been insensitive, it has been disrespectful and it has been wrong. I place on record my regard for the British media, which has shown considerable responsibility and sensitivity.

—British foreign secretary Jack Straw

We have freedom of the press in our country, and everyone has to take responsibility within the frames of that freedom. But now there are apparently those who want to insult and provoke in this manner, and then I think they too should show some responsibility.

—Swedish foreign minister Laila Freivalds

Freedom of satire that offends the sentiments of others becomes an abuse—and in this case it has affected the sentiments of entire populations in their highest symbols.

—Cardinal Achille Silvestrini

Democratic pluralism requires full respect for different religions and faiths. Freedoms accompany responsibilities. With its huge influence over millions of people, the news media has to use its power to strengthen peace ties.

—Council of Europe parliamentary assembly president, Rene van der Linden

The publication of these cartoons was a deliberate and gratuitous insult to the Muslim community, designed to destroy trust and understanding. Had such images, bordering on racist, been used to portray other groups they would rightly have been condemned as racist or anti-Semitic.

—London mayor Ken Livingstone

Posted by Rodger on February 10, 2006 at 11:20 PM | Permalink


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