I know that the Muslim cartoon controversy seems to have settled down and everyone is probably tired of hearing about it in the news, but I came across an interesting article in a Turkish newspaper by the Professor of Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, Zeki Saritoprak.
Muslims, Cartoons and Freedom of Expression
“Islam has a great respect for freedom of expression and free society, although it always regarded freedom as limited by the freedom of others. An absolute freedom is only found in the jungles among animals. We don’t live in a jungle.. we live in a multi-cultural, multi-religious society and freedom of others includes a respect for the faith, tradition, property, and personal dignity of people.”
“The content of the caricature is perjury. It is based on false assumptions and unreliable references about Islam and its Prophet. It is not a matter of making a joke, but is a matter of giving misinformation in a pejorative way.”
And a word or two about coming together..
“Today, more than any time, we need a dialogue between religions and civilizations. Unfortunately, not all Muslims are informed of the details of Western societies and cultures. Because of this Muslims around the world do not see a Danish newspaper as merely a newspaper published in Denmark. They see it as a newspaper published in Europe, a predominantly Christian continent.. as a Christian blow to Islam. Muslims should be calm, and Westerners should be more sensitive to the faith of Muslims.” Read the rest at the Zaman newspaper