A lot of interaction between Arabs, muslims and Europeans has been happening on 360east, which I guess I really good
I received the following comment/statement from Danish reader Carsten Agger, which I publish here in full.
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The publication of the ‘toons in the Danish newspaper was obviously not in defence of freedom of speech, but an expression of rampant xenophobia in our beautiful country. Another Denmark exists:
“A Denmark that wants to live in
peace with the Muslim world. There is another Denmark, which hopes for and believes
in respect and tolerance between religions and different groups of people.
As a Dane I have no responsibility for what a single and privately owned Danish
newspaper chooses to publish. Even so, I strongly condemn the actions of
Jyllands-Posten that have offended muslims around the world, and I understand the
importance of an apology from the newspaper.
We all have a responsibility for treating each other, our religious faiths, and
convictions with dignity and respect. By publishing the caricatures of Muhammad, the
newspaper Jyllands-Posten failed their obligation to exercise with care and
consideration the right of freedom of speech.
I condemn all kinds of discrimination, prejudice and racism, whether it is directed
against Muslims, Jews, Christians or other groups in a society. Therefore, I reject
the hostile and prejudicial way of speaking that has marked several Danish,political
parties and media within recent years.
I want to make a request to all parts involved, that opinions and protests may be
conducted in a respectful and peaceful manner. Attacks on and threats against
individuals and assets only make the situation worse for all of us.
I believe in a world, where religions, ethnic groups and various political and
cultural opinions can coexist in an atmosphere of dialogue, tolerance and mutual
I wish to state the existence of Another Denmark that concieves itself as a part of
such a heterogenous world and humanity.”
Read these related posts on 360east:
- A thoughtful message from Denmark
- Wondering how the Prophet might have responded to the cartoons..
- Blogs, media and the cartoon war
- Butter war officially over?
- Decision time for global muslim culture: end the cycle of hate or feed it?
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