"The world's largest international Muslim body complained of shrinking tolerance in the west yesterday as a new row erupted over Danish cartoons mocking the prophet Muhammad.The 57-nation Organisation of the Islamic Conference said in a statement: "Muslims have noted with concern that the values of tolerance are eroding and there is now shrinking space for others' religious, social and cultural values in the west."
So far so good. I'm with you.
But then this:
"The statement followed the airing on Danish state television of amateur video footage showing members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples' party (DPP) taking part in a contest to draw images ridiculing the prophet. "The running of the footage affected the sensibilities of civilised people and religious beliefs of one fifth of humanity," the OIC said."
You lost me.
The objection is to the "running" of the footage? The footage was taken by a group that believes in tolerance and coexistence to expose a racist, a right-wing anti Muslim group; it shows it in an unflattering light. Objecting to "showing" the footage on TV sounds like a knee-jerk reaction that misses the bigger point. But what's new. It seems everytime the words "Danish" and "cartoons" appear next to each other reason goes out of the window.