Non-comedic anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-non-Muslim cartoons are common in Islamic countries, in particular Arab countries. Recently, some in the Western World with a sense of humor decided to make fun of Islam.
On September 30, 2005, twelve editorial cartoons, most of which depicted the Islamic prophet Mohammad, were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. The newspaper announced that its publication of the cartoons was an attempt to "contribute to the debate regarding criticism of Islam and self-censorship". This drew immediate criticism and outrage from the Islamic World, since it is considered blasphemy under Islam to depict Mohammad in any visual way. Interestingly enough, there was no Muslim outrage in response to 9/11 or other such Terrorist attacks, although, murder is supposed to be one of the greatest sins and crimes that can possibly be committed, under Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and most other religions.
In late 2005 and early 2006, Islamic governments began to demand meetings with the Danish Government, as well as for the Danish Government to censor the cartoons. The Danish government made it clear that these cartoons could not be censored, due to the fact that there was Freedom of Speech in Denmark. As the controversy grew, more newspapers began to reprint the cartoons. At the same time, Muslims all over the World started violent and deadly riots which claimed at least 139 lives! That's right, 139 People were killed all because of just 12 little drawings!
Many newspapers all over the West, including the United States of America, however, were, and continue to be unwilling to print out the cartoons. Some only printed several (but not all twelve) of the cartoons. In some cases there were journalists who wanted to print out the cartoons, but were not allowed to do so by the managements of their newspapers. One example of this was the American newspaper, New York Press, who's staff walked out in protest after the management disallowed them to reproduce the cartoons as part of their reporting. In another case, two of the editors of the University of Illinois' student paper, the Daily Illini, were suspended for reprinting the cartoons. One of the editors was later fired.
It is rather strange that in the United States of America, the country where Freedom of Speech was practically first implemented, as well as the country with the best reputation for freedom (until recently), there were few printings of the cartoons; and some of those did dare to print them were punished!
The American comical cartoon series South Park made a two part episode called "Cartoon Wars" where it parodied the entire cartoons controversy. South Park accurately depicted Westerners who opposed the cartoons and worked hard to get them silenced, as people who buried their heads in the sand. Mohammad was also visually depicted in Cartoon Wars but ended up being censored by Comedy Central, the network on which South Park is aired.
In 2008, Jyllands-Posten and other newspapers reprinted some of the cartoons, in a clear statement of their commitment to the Freedom of Speech. On February 12, 2008, Danish police arrested several Islamic terrorists that were plotting to assassinate Kurt Westergaard, the cartoonist that drew the bomb in the turban cartoon. Westergaard has since been under police protection. Once again, riots and other violent attacks were carried out by Islamic terrorists.
Once again, like in the case of the Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie's book), Submission, South Park's "Cartoon Wars", and now, Fitna; Islamic terrorists have resorted to threats, violence, terrorism, and other despicable and barbaric measures; all of which are intended to silence those that disagree with them. Above all, leftists, which make up the ruling establishments of all Western nations have generally agreed with, and bowed down to, the demands of the Islamic terrorists. Many more people have also capitulated to the demands of Islamic terrorists as a result of threats, violence, terrorism, and other forms of intimidation.
Western nations guarantee(d) the Freedom of Speech. As the citizens of these nations we must make use of these freedoms and we must ensure that our governments protect our freedoms. Our governments are not performing their duties of protecting us and our freedoms. Instead, they are yielding to the demands of people who are unwilling to sit down and talk; unwilling to negotiate; unwilling to debate; and only willing to burn, rape, and murder! The people must be governed through freedom not fear!
It should never be forgotten that more than 139 people were killed; countless cars, buildings, churches, and other property was damaged or destroyed; and Islamic terrorists have tried to silence all those that have criticized them through the use of threats, violence and terrorism! And yet, the entire Mohammad cartoons "controversy" is not just an isolated incident, but only one battle that is part of a world war between the forces of freedom, reason and civilization; and theocratic fascism and communism itself.