Sunday, February 19, 2006

Jyllands-Posten editor defends himself

Flemming Rose, the Danish editor who first published the twelve infamous Muhammed cartoons in the September 30, 2005 edition of the Jyllands-Posten, has written a defense of his decision in today's Washington Post:

Since the Sept. 30 publication of the cartoons, we have had a constructive debate in Denmark and Europe about freedom of expression, freedom of religion and respect for immigrants and people's beliefs. Never before have so many Danish Muslims participated in a public dialogue -- in town hall meetings, letters to editors, opinion columns and debates on radio and TV. We have had no anti-Muslim riots, no Muslims fleeing the country and no Muslims committing violence. The radical imams who misinformed their counterparts in the Middle East about the situation for Muslims in Denmark have been marginalized. They no longer speak for the Muslim community in Denmark because moderate Muslims have had the courage to speak out against them.

Rose's entire commentary is worth a read, whatever your opinion on the controversy.

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