Danish Muslim cartoon walkout

According to boozhy (via John):


the editorial staff of the alt weekly New York Press walked out today, en masse, after NYP publishers (in the 11th hour) refused to print the Danish cartoons that have become the focal point of a global war on free speech.
As a citizen of the United States, a nation that prides itself on freedom, and also a nation whose freedoms are becoming rapidly subjugated by the current administration and big business, Boozhy applauds the New York Press staff.
This issue has cut across partisan lines more than any since, perhaps, the Janet Jackson nipple incident. As far as republication is concerned (AlterNet opted to link to the cartoons HERE), the damage is probably done at this point and republication may (but isn't likely to) help readers understand what the riots are all about. I say "isn't likely to" because my understanding is that it isn't the context of representations of Muhammed so much as it's the fact of representation at all.

The best thing I've read on the subject comes from Tariq Ramadan, a leading spokesman for Muslims in Europe, who, in an interview (reprinted in full below) says that "There are no legal limits to free speech, but there are civic limits." He says that while "Muslims must understand that laughing at religion is a part of the broader culture in which they live in Europe," there was little to be gained by publishing the cartoons, likening the choice to not insulting people although you're legally allowed to.

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