Reason, Liberty, & Culture

Protests At Mecca Meeting, Cartoon Outrage Crystallized

As leaders of the world's 57 Muslim nations gathered for a summit meeting in Mecca in December, issues like religious extremism dominated the official agenda. But much of the talk in the hallways was of a wholly different issue: Danish cartoons satirizing the Prophet Muhammad. The closing communique took note of the issue when it expressed "concern at rising hatred against Islam and Muslims and condemned the recent incident of desecration of the image of the Holy Prophet Muhammad in the media of certain countries" as well as over "using the freedom of expression as a pretext to defame religions." (Comment: what a joke.) The meeting in Mecca, a Saudi city from which non-Muslims are barred, drew minimal international press coverage...

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