Fred Barnes on Islamic cartoon controversy: "We see Muslims' contempt for democracy"February 8, 2006 9:56 AM EST ››› ANNA DIMOND
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On the February 6 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume, Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard, remarked that in the recent violent protests over cartoons that caricatured the prophet Mohammed, "We see Muslims' contempt for democracy, for freedom of speech, for freedom of the press and particularly for freedom of religion." The cartoons first drew criticism after their original September 30, 2005, publication in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. After initial criticism of the cartoons, which included one that depicted the prophet Mohammed wearing a turban fashioned into a bomb, several European newspapers reprinted them on February 1.
From the February 6 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume:
HUME: What about this controversy? Where is it going? What does it tell us? Fred?
BARNES: It tells us a lot. It tells us that our enemy or -- is not just Al Qaeda. That there's -- that Muslims all over Europe and all over the world are certainly enemies of Western civilization. Look what the showing of these cartoons, which I do -- originally thought was a mistake. They shouldn't have run them. Now, I think we've learned a lot from this. We see the Muslims' contempt for democracy, for freedom of speech, for freedom of the press, and particularly, for freedom of religion.
Freedom of religion doesn't mean, just, you have the right to practice your own religion. It means that you can reject, and criticize, and even insult other religions if you want to. And that's what's happened. And it doesn't mean that you have to die or should be threatened or have your hand cut off or anything like that as a result.