Good news on the cartoon front

Some Muslims are challenging the insanity by which some other Muslims insist on tarring their religion. Perhaps they were embarrassed into it by the disrepute the fanatics are bringing to Islam. Perhaps Western support, anemic as it has been, helps them to know they are not alone. In any case, it is heartening to read that moderate Muslims, thought to be on the endangered species list, are speaking out. This is a significant act of philosophical and physical courage.

Other courageous Muslims have not been treated well at all. American media, from your bunkers, please note.

Two Jordan editors are arrested
Two Jordanian newspaper editors who published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad have been arrested.

Jihad Momani and Hisham Khalidi are accused of insulting religion under Jordan’s press and publications law.

Furor Over Cartoons Pits Muslim Against Muslim
In a direct challenge to the international uproar over cartoons lampooning the Prophet Muhammad, the Jordanian journalist Jihad Momani wrote: “What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras, or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony?”

The glimmer of a turning tide in Denmark? H/T relapsed catholic

More and More Moderate Muslims Speak Out in Denmark
Dozens of Danish Muslims are joining the network of moderate Muslims, the Demokratiske Muslimer (Democratic Muslims). About 700 Muslims have already become DM members and 2,500 Danes have expressed their will to support the network. The initiative has caused anger among the Danish imams and their leader, Ahmad Abu Laban, who have referred to the moderates as “rats.” The imams feel that they are beginning to lose their control over part of the Muslim population.

H/T Nealenews

No charges for publishing Muhammad cartoons
Local Muslims are disappointed the Crown prosecutor’s office has recommended no criminal charges be laid against two publications that printed cartoons they find offensive.

“I told them, I disagree with you,” said Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.

Earlier this month, the Western Standard and the Jewish Free Press printed caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that initially ran in a Danish newspaper and led to riots and protests around the world.

Gordon Wong, Calgary’s chief Crown prosecutor, said the Criminal Code requires there be an intent to incite hatred against a specific group, and his office had determined there was no intent in this case.

“The intent was to debate the issue within the articles. That’s different than inciting hatred,” Wong said Tuesday.

Good outcome. Fascist process. The problem with “hate” crime laws in general is evidenced by the police making a judgment about the state of mind of the publisher. Maybe a better lesson would have been available if there had been charges, but I’m happy The Western Standard is not to be criminally charged. We’ll see about any civil matters.

This is not different from David Irving’s 3 year sentence for denying the Holocaust. Turning Idiots Into Martyrs.

We have a long way to go, but the publication of these cartoons may have started a long overdue debate.