Muhammed-krise på top 5 i Pittsburg Tribune-Review

Diverse — Drokles on December 31, 2006 at 5:02 pm

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5. Muslim protests — violence sparked by Danish cartoon, papal speech

A cartoon depicting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban with a lit fuse proved to be among the most incendiary images of the year. The image was one of several such cartoons published in Danish and Norwegian newspapers in late 2005. The Muslim world responded with broad boycotts of Danish goods and, in some cases, violence. On Feb, 5, protesters in Beirut, Lebanon, torched the Danish Embassy. In Pakistan, a cleric offered a $1 million bounty to whoever would kill the cartoonist responsible.

In September, the power of words matched the power of images in stoking resentment among Muslims worldwide when Pope Benedict XVI delivered a speech using a 600-year-old quote from Byzantine Emperor Manuel II Paleologus. The borrowed verbiage said that Muhammad had brought “things only evil and inhumane, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.” At least two Muslim clerics called for Benedict’s death. Perhaps the strongest condemnation came from Turkey, where the pontiff was compared to Hitler and Mussolini, and which, on Nov. 28, became the first Muslim country Benedict visited as pope.

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