I'm sure most (or at least some) of you have heard of this by now, but for those who haven't, a quick recap:
Due to a "freedom of speech" debate between the danish politicians about 3 months ago, a major Danish newspaper decided to put it to the test (as well as the laws against blasphemy and offending people in general), and printed 11 satirical drawings of the prophet Mohammad of Islam, intended as a provocation. Islam is very strict about not portraiting him, and when the drawings made links from Mohammad to terrosism, it made things a helluva lot worse.
The result: The danish flag gets burned in the streets of Palestina, the middle east boycots danish products, embassies get threatened, and several countries demanded an apology.
And of course: Rumours that DK was soaring on Al-Qaedas death list appears.
As you might have guessed I'm danish and not very happy with these things, and a little mad at that paper.
But when does one cross the line? As has been heavily emphasized by the paper and the government they are sorry for the unexpected amount of trouble, but also that we have freedom of speech, and therefore the right to do or say things that they might find offensive- like the drawings.
Or do we?
Is it not blasphemy to make those drawings? Is it not extremely offensive? Or, since Denmark is a christian-by-default nation, where satirical drawings of Jesus wouldn't have meant jack, we should expect the same behavior from the muslim minority? That they're to blame for not taking the subject up to debate, instead of sending Death-threats to the drawers?
Well, I thought it'd make for an interesting discussion<_<