The Muslim world has long been accused of lacking freedom, freedom of expression or freedom of speech included. Looking at what the West today calls "Freedom of Speech" we'll find that the term has become used as a tool to insult, disrespect and degrade religions in an unprecedented way.
Last September, Jyllands-Posten, the Denmark's the largest daily circulation Right wing newspaper, challenged the country's cartoonists to present drawings depicting Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
At least twelve drawings of the holy Prophet (PBUH), including one showing him wearing a turban with a bomb or grenade concealed in the back and which also depicts the Islamic creed, there is no god except Allah and that Muhammad is His messenger,' were published by the paper.
One Danish editor suggested that the cartoons in question were published to stir up public opinion against Muslims in Denmark- If that was true, then something has gone wrong. The cartoons offended and hurt the feelings of Muslims all over the world, in the Middle East and the West.
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Muslims from all over the world condemned the cartoons as blasphemous.
Eleven Muslim ambassadors in Copenhagen, including that of Bosnia and Turkey, demanded to see the Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, to register their protests. But the Right wing Prime Minister refused to meet them, arguing that Denmark respects freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
Only few of Denmark artists criticised the newspaper Jyllands, saying that the request for the pictures were a provocation and a PR stunt.
The Arab League, and countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), The Council of Europe (CoE) also criticised the Danish Government for its refusal to take action claiming that this would violate the country's tradition of a media exercising its right to free expression.
The CoE Committee of Ministers said that a "a seam of intolerance within Danish society is noted, inter alia, in the political arena as well as in certain media."
"The [Danish] legislation, such as the reforms of the Aliens Act, and policy, such as the Government's policy towards integration, may contribute to a climate of hostility towards different ethnic and religious groups."
In order to allow "Freedom of Speech", governments and organizations" must first understand what freedom of speech is. Is it freedom that violates the basic rights of one's faith? Is it disrespecting or insulting one's belief or culture or values?
There are numerous ways people can express their views. Lacking freedom of speech prevents a lot of good ideas from being conveyed, and the Qur'an, the Muslims' holy book orders them to conduct discussions in an orderly and respectable manner. It prohibits ridiculing the Jews/Christians or the Prophets.
The Islamic religion does not allow offensive remarks by both Muslims and Non-Muslims.
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