Museum Plans to Buy Muhammad Cartoons

The Art Newspaper has reported that the Museum of Danish Cartoon Art in Copenhagen is currently in talks to acquire the 12 controversial Muhammad cartoons that caused probably the largest and most insane reaction to a cartoon that I have ever seen. More than one hundred people were killed in protests around the world (according to wikipedia).

After seeing the reaction that the cartoons have already created, I think the Danish museum would be putting the public at risk if they were to buy them. Security would have to be tighter than any airport in the world as they are taunting a lot of angry bulls with a giant red rag. By having the Muhammad cartoons in one place they are making themselves a big fat target.

As much as I like freedom of speech, I like my life more, so I wouldn’t go anywhere near the museum. We just have to accept that we live in an insane world and move on.

Danish museum to buy Muhammad cartoons which sparked global riots
“Three men are currently serving six-year jail terms in the UK for soliciting murder at a demonstration outside the Danish Embassy in London in February 2006. A fourth man was convicted of inciting race hate and jailed for four years. In Germany as we went to press, a Lebanese man is on trial, accused of planting suitcase bombs on a train in Cologne in July 2006. His alleged accomplice, Jihad Hamad, was given a 12-year sentence by a Beirut court for the same offense. Hamad told the Lebanese court that the bombs, which failed to explode, were planted in “revenge” for the publication of the cartoons.” The Art Newspaper

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Australian artist and observer of things.. all kinds of things. I like a wide variety of art, from the weird and wonderful to the bold and beautiful.. and everything in between.


  1. Wow! I agree with everything you wrote. This sounds like shooting oneself in the foot with a bazooka! Still, look on the bright side. The rioters tended to kill one another. Maybe that’s what the Danes have in mind: streaky bacon’s revenge.

  2. My feeling is these cartoons will be remembered in the same vein as the one’s depicting jews during the nazi era, or depicting african americans during the jim crow years, ugly propaganda/stereotyping against one group.

    To me free speech comes with rights and responsibilities. It isn’t a license to promote racism or hatred, and while I don’t promote censorship, I do not blindly support a persons right to shout fire in a crowded theatre, or their right to insult/demean others without impunity (barring violence of course).

    Don’t know how I feel about the Museum, I kind of agree and don’t. Should cave into extremists, but I could see it keeping visitors away.

  3. I meant we shouldn’t cave into extemists.

  4. I’m really glad to read this news. If someone is affraid of showing those cartoons – we can say “fanatics are win”. Those drawings don’t propagates war, genocide or any other threat, it’s someone’s particular thoughts. We have no rights to think as we wants?

    The only question I have – when Europa should to stop apologize for her freedom and what’s next? May be all european ladies must wear paranja because of their faces looks indecent to somebody ? It’s not funny anymore.

  5. I’m all for preserving the work in a historical context. This incident is another piece of the big world puzzle we are experiencing just now, and it will help tell the story in the future, when we will be analyzing these times. There’s something to be learned from all this.

  6. Either we are for free speech or we aren’t. The more one equivocates, the more one knuckles in to fear.

    To hell with the ones who want to kill a cartoonist for drawing anything whatsoever, period.

    I mean, there’s censorship, and then there’s fear for one’s life! What did “Live free or die!” mean? I am outraged by the violent outburst of Islamic terrorists against artists. Good for the Danes for anything they do to preserve their merit of free speech.

    I say, store the cartoons and publish as much information on the event as possible. I understand some crazy Imam lied about their contents and inflamed the situation beyond it’s actual scope.

    Remember that old saying, “first they came for the (fill in the blank here), and I said nothing.” And the they here is Islamic terrorists, and the victims are the Danish newspapers and cartoonists. Not the other way around.

  7. I’m all for free speech but I’m not willing to sacrifice my life to prove a point. I don’t think it’s very smart to put targets on us for any cause.

    It’s sad that some deranged individuals resort to violence to get their way, but it’s just the way people are; we’re a violent and savage species. It’s nothing that a couple million years of evolution won’t fix though!

  8. Here’s a news item that reinforces what you wrote in your post: Danish police have just arrested 5 people for allegedly plotting to kill one of the cartoonists.
    BBC News online:
    This news is so fresh I haven’t written a blog on it yet.

  9. Yeah I just watched that on the BBC recently Ian.

    It’s so ridiculous that it almost makes me laugh! Makes me want to head back to swinging from the trees and start eating bananas as this evolution thing isn’t working for

  10. People study history so that we can learn from our mistakes. Whilst it is important to show racist cartoons that helped create genocide towards the Jews in the 1930s it is important that we have these cartoons to warn future generations about the implications of racism. I admit that there is some danger about a current exhibition of the cartoons but it will definitely be worthwhile being able to exhibit them in the future. Perhaps in a museum that is heavily pro-Muslim, just as the Jewish cartoons are shown in Holocaust museums

  11. The ideal of exhibiting cartoons that insult the Islam is sick. A comparison of 70 year old racist cartoons against Jews that have been unanimously condemned with the recent controversial Muhammad cartoons is completely lopsided.
    Please stop talking about freedom of speech as if it would exist. There is no place in this world where you can do, speak or exhibit anything you want.


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