“Modern, secular society is rejected by some Muslims. They demand a special position, insisting on special consideration of their own religious feelings. It is incompatible with contemporary democracy and freedom of speech, where one must be ready to put up with insults, mockery and ridicule. . . we are on our way to a slippery slope where no-one can tell how the self-censorship will end. That is why . . . Jyllands-Posten has invited members of the Danish editorial cartoonists union to draw Muhammad as they see him.”
— Flemming Rose, editor Jyllands-Posten September 30th 2005
That quote was taken from an essay printed in a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten on September 30th, 2005, as part of “The Face of Muhammad”. This featured twelve cartoons, some of which would be considered blasphemous to some Muslims and in fact many local Muslims were offended. A group of Danish Muslim community leaders, demanded a retraction of some of the cartoons. When their demands were not met, they resorted to deception and incitement of the Muslim world, lighting the fuse that would explode in what is now known as the “Muhammad Cartoon Crisis”, or “Jyllands-Posten Mohammed Cartoon Controversy”, “The Danish Muhammad Cartoon Controversy” and so on. (Klausen, 2009)
Richard Dawkins calls it, “A ludicrous episode which veered wildly between the extremes of comedy and tragedy.” (2006)
In this crisis, hundreds of people were injured or killed. There were demonstrations, riots, buildings burned, diplomatic relations damaged, the Danish economy strained under international boycotts, lawsuits, UN resolutions passed that weaken freedom speech and more. (Klausen, 2009) This controversy is a very important chapter in the story of Everybody Draw Mohamed Day.
In 2005, it had been reported that Danish author Kare Bluitgen had written a children’s book titled The Qur’an and the life of the Prophet Muhammad and had trouble finding an illustrator willing to depict Muhammad. (Bluitgen, 2006), (Hansen & Hundevadt , 2006), (Klausen, 2009), (Politiken, 2005) He said that the first three illustrators he asked had refused for fear of Muslim terrorists. This has not been confirmed, however. (Politiken, 2006) But Bluitgen claims that they gave reasons like the murder of Theo Van Gogh. (Malik, 2012) (Theo Van Gogh, filmmaker, was murdered on November 2nd, 2004 by terrorist Mohammed Bouyeri on the streets of Amsterdam. Theo Van Gogh had made a film, Submission, with ex-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, about violence against women in Islamic societies. While peddling his bicycle to work, Van Gogh was shot several times by the terrorist Mohammed who then cut into his neck while trying to decapitate him, stabbed him in the chest with two knives, one of which pinned a note to his body; a death threat against Ayaan Hirsi Ali. (Independent, 2004) ) When he did find an illustrator, he or she preferred to remain anonymous.
The editors of the Jyllands-Posten wished to see just how willing or unwilling to illustrate Muhammad Danish illustrators were. (Rose, 2006) On September 19th, 2005, Flemming Rose, the culture editor of the newspaper sent out a letter to all forty two members of the Danish editorial cartoonists union inviting them to illustrate Muhammad as part in an informal experiment. “Draw Mohamed, as you see him” the letter asked. (Klausen, 2009)
The letter said that this was also a stand against self-censorship and intimidation. Of course, this was nothing like a valid scientific experiment, which is why they put it in the culture section. The illustrators were encouraged, almost dared to show that they were not afraid. It has sometimes been said that this was a contest. It was not. All twelve illustrators were paid their usual fee. (Klausen, 2009)
Of the forty two members, twelve responded with cartoons, (29% of them sent in cartoons, though less than that actually depicted the prophet Muhammad, 71% declined to participate) though not all were of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. (Klausen, 2009) If one were to believe Reza Aslan’s article in response to these illustrations one would think that they are all offensive. But, as usual, Reza was being deceptive, like other Muslims in this story, as we will see. (Aslan, 2006) Certainly, not all were offensive. Some are ambiguous; drawings of drawings, for example. Two can not be said to depict the prophet Muhammad at all. One is a joke at the expense of the Jyllands-Posten. It shows a boy in the 7th grade at a school in Volby, Denmark, named Mohammad writing something in the Persian language in Arabic letters and translates to, “Jyllands-Posten’s journalists are a bunch of reactionary Provocateurs.” His shirt says “the future” in Danish. (Klausen, 2009)
But somehow, they’re all offensive, Reza? Really? What about nuance? What about sophistication? What about the whole ‘text has no meaning but that which the reader brings to the text’ routine, Reza? I guess that doesn’t apply when it doesn’t suit your narrative, huh, Reza? (Reza Aslan is famous for his TV appearances in which he manipulates public opinion about Islam. For details on Reza Aslan’s academic dishonesty, google my essay “Reza Aslan Lies About Islam and About His Credentials” at WordPress or go to https://justinantitheistsite.wordpress.com/2017/02/27/reza-aslan-lies-about-islam-and-his-credentials/)
“The cartoonists treated Islam the same way they treat Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions. And by treating Muslims in Denmark as equals they made a point: We are integrating you into the Danish tradition of satire because you are part of our society, not strangers. The cartoons are including, rather than excluding, Muslims.” – Flemming Rose (2006)
Three days after the cartoons were published a meeting of Muslim organization leaders was called by Raed Hlayhel. Raed was already known in the Danish press as “the angry imam”, a preacher of “pure, unadulterated Wahhabism.” (Bering, 2006) This man by the way, is so stupid that he tried to complain to the pope about the cartoons because he thought the pope had authority over a newspaper in a predominantly protestant country. Why was this idiot in charge of anything?
Raed is known as one of Denmark’s “Mad mullahs” along with three other men who were at the meeting; Ahmed Akkari, Abu Bashar and Ahmad Abu Laban. All four of these men and others at this meeting already had ties with terrorist groups. Richard Dawkins calls them “malevolent exiles” and says “Over the next three months, indignation was carefully and systematically nurtured throughout the Islamic world by a small group of Muslims living in Denmark.” (2006) At this meeting, it was decided that they will sue the Jyllands-Posten, write letters complain to the Danish government and ambassadors of Muslims countries, contact the media inside and outside Denmark and to assemble a dossier to take on tour through the Muslim world. (Klausen, 2009)
This dossier, known as the Akkari-Laban dossier, contained the twelve cartoons and some impostor images that the “mad mullahs” added to deceive fellow Muslims and other material. It is unclear who put the deceptive dossier together and later, after their inevitable in-fighting, they would blame each other. As one reporter put it, “As always, there is an element of Monty Pythonesque farce in these imams posturing as holy warriors while being welfare-state spongers, and constantly tripping up in their own lies. Farce, that is, if it were not so deadly serious.” (Bering, 2006)
Some of the Muhammad images, like the bearded woman and the more post-modern images, were taken from the November 10th, 2005 edition of a Danish newspaper called the Weekend Avisen. Then there were the three most offensive images that were not printed and were not supposed to be Muhammad. One was a photo of a bearded man with fake pig ears and snout at a pig-squealing contest in France. (Associated Press, 2005), (Dawkins, 2006), (NBC 2005), (Reynolds, 2006)
As Dawkins writes, “The photograph had no connection whatsoever with the prophet Muhammad, no connection with Islam, and no connection with Denmark. But the Muslim activists, on their mischief-stirring hike to Cairo, implied all three connections. . . with predictable results.” An other was a photo of a prostrate man in a mosque being mounted by a dog and an other was a drawing of a devil-horned pedophile. The Danish Muslims would later claim that these last three images were mailed to them, though when pressed for details, their story seems doubtful. As author Jytte Klausen writes;
“The folder has a note to the effect that these pictures were not published by Jyllands-Posten, but if one leafs through the folder and just looks at the pictures, this is not obvious. . . The consequence, however, was that Jyllands-Posten was blamed for cartoons that the newspaper had never published. . . Few of the Middle Eastern leaders I interviewed knew the difference between the false cartoons and the real ones until I handed them the folder and explained . . . and everyone who had seen the dossier . . . thought that the ugly, sexually explicit cartoons had been published by the Jyllands-Posten.” (2009)
The dossier contained numerous falsehoods, including, as Richard Dawkins put it, “the tendentious lie that the Jyllands-Postem was a government-run newspaper.” (2006) This lie probably had a lot to do with the attacks on the Danish embassies in the Middle East in the months to come. (Dawkins, 2006), (Hansen & Hundevadt, 2006), (Spiegel, 2006)
As Dawkins wrote, “What these people really love and do best is pandemonium.” (2006) Because of the deceitful way they arranged the dossier and because they chose not to correct anybody, these liars fooled virtually everyone into thinking that all of the images were published in the Jyllands-Posten. The mad mullahs knew what they were deceiving everyone and would later blame each other for the deception. (Klausen, 2009)
The dossier was taken on a tour of deception through the Middle East where they met with highly influential leaders, starting in Egypt, then far and wide among political circles of the Arab world.
In the following months many groups, nations and groups of nations would complain to the Danish government, the United Nations, & the European Union. And the mad mullahs would file multiple lawsuits against the Danish newspaper.
Boycotts cripple Danish companies for years.
Protests and violent demonstrations would erupt on almost all continents, embassies and American businesses fire-bombed with many deaths. You see, in many places, Egypt particularly, the USA was blamed for the Danish cartoons despite the fact that the US government had criticized Denmark for the cartoons.
Just think about that; a provincial newspaper in Denmark, not nationwide, in Jutland, or Jylland, this independent newspaper, the Jyllands-Posten, prints Mohammed cartoons and the USA is blamed.
There was no agreement on why exactly they were protesting. The “mad mullahs” themselves did not agree with each other and would later feud. Hardly surprising. Some Muslims believe that Muhammad should never be depicted, some believe that nothing should be depicted (see “aniconism”), and some objected to the way Muhammad was depicted. Among the protestors, there was no agreement on this or on what their demands were, if any. They just knew they were angry! Most deaths would occur after Jyllands-Posten apologized – twice.
When and where things heated up and turned violent in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Denmark pulled it’s ambassadors out. Diplomatic relations were strained or severed. Various death threats were issued, starting on;
Four days after the cartoons were printed, a young man of 17 was arrested for calling the paper’s office and threatened to murder the cartoonists. An other 17 year old was arrested 12 days later on October 16th for threatening the cartoonists. Over the following months, many more death threats would be issued.
Mosque leaders and imams in Denmark demand that the paper apologize to all Muslims and retract some of the cartoons. Many more complaints and demands for apology would follow from many other sources. (pause the video if you want) List complaints & Stuff here.
The “mad mullah” Raed Hlayhel appears on Al Jazeera TV broadcast internationally to speak about the cartoons and to deceive the audience. The shit hits the fan. Many audience members upset and international media outlets are fooled.
Ambassadors and delegates representing 11 predominantly Muslim nations in Denmark send a letter to the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen to ask for a meeting.
After receiving more death threats, 2 of the cartoonists are relocated under protection. In Denmark’s capital Copenhagen, a reported 3,500 people take part in a protest against the paper. Over the following months, many, many more protests and demonstrations, some violent, some deadly, would be staged throughout the world, on every continent but South America and Antarctica.
Al-Fagr, an Egyptian newspaper reprints half of the cartoons. No one was threatened and the papers office wasn’t attacked. However, copies were confiscated from the newsstands. Some or all of the 12 cartoons would be republished many more times in the future.
Prime Minister Rasmussen sends a letter to in response to the ambassadors and delegates, not to comply with their request but to tell them, “Free speech goes far, and the Danish government has no influence on what press writes.”
Prime Minister Rasmussen publicly states that he declines to meet with the ambassadors and announces, “It is so obvious what our basic principles are that there is no basis for having a meeting.”
In a visit to Denmark, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan complains about the situation and Denmark’s Prime Minister Rasmussen replied that he will “simply not compromise. This is about how a democracy works.”
Danes are warned not to travel to or remain in Pakistan after a reward is offered for the murder of one of the Danish illustrators by a Pakistani sheikh in who is associated with an Islamist political party in Pakistan.
The mad mullahs arrive in Egypt with their dossier. These deceivers would go on to meet with religious authorities, the foreign ministry and the secretary general of the Arab League, Muslim leaders and government officials in Mecca, Libya and Syria and so on.
In his New Years Day speech, Prime Minister Rasmussen reminds the world that antiauthoritarianism and satire are part of Danish culture.
Furthermore, not that the Prime Minister mentioned this, but in Danish culture, one does not apologize unless one personally has done something regrettable on purpose. One does not apologize for accidents, one does not apologize for other people. Yet, various groups called on the Danish government to apologize for what a newspaper had done. Why does no one care about Danish cultural values? Listen to the Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard on this.
The Danish public prosecutor declares that the law suit of the mad mullahs vs the Jyllands-Posten for violating blasphemy laws will not go forward as there were no legal grounds for the case. They appeal the following day.
Prime Minister Rasmussen responds to the UN high commissioner on human rights by saying that Denmark, “has nothing to be ashamed of” with regards to the cartoon affair.
Norwegian government apologizes for the the magazine Magazinet’s publication of the cartoons.
Jyllands-Posten posts an official apology to Denmarks’ Muslim citizens online. They did not yet know about the impostor cartoons. This will be reiterated three days later.
Rasmussen again points out that the Danish government can not control the media and that there is no reason for it to apologize for the media. However, the Jyllands-Posten apologizes a second time.
Armed men invade the European Union office in the Gaza Strip and demand an apology from the European Union for the cartoons. Think about that; a small newspaper in Denmark prints the cartoons and they expect the European Union to apologize, even though the newspaper had already apologized twice. Think about that.
However, the EU did condemn the cartoons and the violent protesters alike.
Prime Minister Rasmussen appears on TV and says, “The government cannot say ‘sorry’ for a Danish newspaper.”
The offices of the Jyllands-Posten are evacuated after receiving bomb-threats, despite their two apologies.
As protests continue all over, jihadis now join in the protests in the streets of Gaza.
By the end of January, 2006, the real and impostor images were the top news story in TV channels throughout the Middle East. Most report that all of the images were printed in Jyllands-Posten.
No less thantwelve European newspapers reprint the some or all of the twelve cartoons.
A second bomb-threat is issued to the Jylands-Posten and their offices are evacuated again.
In the West Bank, a German civilian, a school teacher, is taken hostage.
In Gaza City, armed men storm the European Union office.
Images of some of the cartoons are quickly shown on British TV. More papers reprint the cartoons as demonstrations and protests continue in many cities on a few continents.
With the support of the Prime Minister’s party, the Danish People’s Party announces it will investigate the trouble-making mad mullahs.
As demonstrations and protests continue in many cities, on Al Jazeera, broadcast internationally, a popular Muslim TV preacher Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi calls for “a day of rage” in response to the cartoons.
In mosques all across the Middle-East, the cartoons are condemned.
In Indonesia, the Danish embassy is invaded by hundreds. The ambassador explained to them that the Jyllands-Posten had apologized already – so they left!
One protester dies in Beirut as the Danish consulate is burned.
More protesters die in demonstrations in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Somalia and Indonesia. A Catholic priest is shot in Turkey in revenge for the cartoons.
In Iran, a Holocaust cartoon contest is announced. You can look this up under the International Holocaust Cartoon Contest. It’s a response to the Muhammad cartoons and a critique of “Western hypocrisy on freedom of speech”, referring laws, in places like Denmark, against holocaust denial, or against antisemitism, and so on.
It comes out that the Danish imams had been deceiving everyone with their impostor cartoons, claiming that the Jyllands-Posten printed them. The “mad mullahs” are accused of treason and deceit.
The French paper Charlie Hebdo reprints the 12 original cartoons plus one of their own. Charlie Hebdo had printed images of Muhammad before with no trouble, and will again, and be bombed for it. Twice. Members of the staff would die.
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemns the cartoons and calls on the Danish government to apologize (despite the fact that the paper apologized twice and that the Danish government had nothing to apologize for).
Jyllands-Posten editor announces the paper will print the winner of the Iranian holocaust cartoon contest.
The European Union passes a resolution condemning the “abuse of free speech” to insult religious figures and condemns the violence.
Protests now pops up in America, in New York City and in Hong Kong as many other protests
A Pakistani Muslim religious figure, Maulana Mohammed Yousaf, offers a car and $25,000 as a reward for the murder of one of the cartoonists and an other in India, Yaqoob Yousef Qureshi offers their own weight in gold for anyone who would behead one of the cartoonists.
London sees an estimated 10,000 demonstrators.
In Nigeria, 45 people would be killed and 185 injured.
An estimated 200 die in a clash in a protest in Pakistan between Christians and Muslims.
In Bandung, Indonesia, a mob invades hotels, grabbing Europeans and demanding they denounce the cartoons.
United Nations has a meeting about cartoons and decide to make a resolution that will declare respect for religious figures to be a human right.
More violence in demonstrations in Iran and Pakistan, more embassies are attacked and protests continue all over.
Salmon Rushdie, Ayan Hirsi Ali and 10 others put out a manifesto to show their support for the Jylllands-Posten and condemning Islamic fundamentalism. The manifesto urged opposition to the sort of multiculturalism that gave Muslims special privileges.
Osama bin Laden threatens Europe over the cartoons.
South Park airs episode 143 which, inspired by the Mohammed Cartoon Controversy, was supposed to show Muhammad as a character. But that’s a whole other story.
South Park episode 143, “Cartoon Wars II”, aired on April 12th, 2006. Inspired by the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons, they included Muhammad as a character. The network, Comedy Central, refused to show Muhammad. They let the terrorists win. They aired the episode with the Muhammad character blacked out.
South Park would include Muhammad hidden in a bear costume in episodes 200 and 201.
But this subject deserves a whole video unto itself. Perhaps I will make one for a future Everybody Draw Muhammad Day.
A terrorist plot in Germany fails. 2 bombs on a train in Cologne fail to explode. 2 Lebanese students; Jihad Hama and Youssef al-Hajdib are arrested for the crime. They were seeking revenge in response to the cartoons and other grievances.
In Germany, a performance of Idomeneo, an opera by Mozart featuring the decapitated heads of religious figures, including Muhammad is canceled. The company understandably had security concerns due to the sensitivity of one particular religion. However, get this, Chancellor Angela Merkel, along with others, called for the opera to go on with the performance, and they did.
It is reported that the Danish mad mullahs that started the trouble, “were later caught on hidden camera by a French documentary filmmaker, bragging about their exploits.” (Bering, 2006)
UN Human Rights Commission passes a resolution prohibition of the defaming of religious figures.
Police in Denmark arrest 3 for plotting to murder Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, Jyllands-Posten editor Flemming Rose and others at the Jyllands-Posten. All 3 were part of the mad mullah Hlayel’s circle. (Reimann, 2008), (Speigel, 20008)
In response to this, 16 Danish newspapers print Kurt Westergaard’s cartoon.
A car is bombed at Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. 8 are killed, 24 injured, all were Danish or Pakistani. Al-Queda claims they did it In response to the cartoons in a press release which also warned the infidels;
“This should serve as a warning to the infidel countries, in terms of crimes against the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. They must immediately apologize, otherwise this will only be the first step. . . ”
An axe and knife wielding intruder breaks into the home of Kurt Westergaard. Westergaard retreats to his panic room and the police apprehend the terrorist who, the police reported, had ties with Al-Qaeda. He has lived under police protection ever since. (Freeman, 2010), (Sjølie, 2010)
Artist Molly Norris puts out this poster declaring May 20, 2010, to be the first annual “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”. The poster mentions the South Park controversy. (Fox 9, 2010) Pause your screen because we need to move on.
In light of the recent veiled (ha!) threats aimed at the creators of the television show South Park … by bloggers on Revolution Muslim’s website, we hereby deem May 20, 2010 as the first ‘Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!’ Do your part to both water down the pool of targets and, oh yeah, defend a little something our country is famous for (but maybe not for long? Comedy Central cooperated with terrorists and pulled the episode) the first amendment.
— Molly Norris (April 20, 2010), Molly.Norris.com
Jyllands-Posten editors Flemming Rose and Carsten Juste, cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, artist Lars Vilks (look him up) and Stephane Charbonier, editor of Charlie Hebdo are all put on al-Queda’s hitlist. Stephane Charbonier survived the 2011 terrorist attack but was killed in the attack of January 7th, 2015. (Bennett, 2013), (Ward, 2015)
Lars Vilks is a Swedish artist, doctor of philosophy and activist. In 2007, Vilks drew 3 pictures of Muhammad with a dogs body. They were to be exhibited in July of 2007 but the gallery canceled and no other galleries would agree to display them. The drawings were printed in the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda on August 18th, 2007. Muslims in Sweden freaked out and then Muslims outside of Sweden freaked out too, as well as the Organization of Islamic Conference and the governments of Afghanistan, Egypt Iran, Jordan and Pakistan.
Vilks received multiple death threats and has lived under police protection ever since. In 2009, it was discovered that Mohammad Hassas Khalid, and Jamie Paulin Ramirez and “Jihad Jane” (Colleen Renee LaRose AKA Fatima LaRose) were plotting to kill Vilks. On March 10th, 2010 seven other would-be assassins were arrested for plotting to kill Vilks. On May 11th, 2010, Vilks was assaulted at a Swedish university while he was giving a lecture on freedom of speech.
See the incident here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQQAWrIvBoI
On May 15th, 2010, Vilks house was set on fire. November 20th, 2010, terrorist organization Al-Shaabab sends out a death threat against Vilks. In 2010, Al-Qaeda announce a hit list that included Vilks.
On September 10th, 2011, three men plotting to kill Vilks were arrested.
February 14th, 2015, Vilks was at an event, “Art, blasphemy and the freedom of expression” in Denmark. A terrorist attacked, killing one civilian and injuring 3 police officers. Following this, Vilks went into hiding.
So far, Rose, Juste, Westergaard and Vilks are still alive.
The effects of all this continue to this day and this chapter has not yet closed, although new chapters in this story have begun. Everybody Draw Mohamed Day is in part inspired by these events but would not actually start until the whole South Park Muhammad cartoon controversy. Then there’s the Lars Wilks chapter and the Charlie Hebdo chapter. Before all that was the Theo van Gogh chapter and before that the Sakmun Rushdie chapter. And there’s others. But these are subjects for other videos.
During this and after this, with the Charlie Hebdo attack and other incidents, there have been many people who claim to be left-wing/liberal, but who blame the victim.
They point the finger at the targets of terrorism, the cartoonists and newspaper editors, and blame them.
They blame the Danish cartoonists, they blamed the twelve Charlie Hebdo victims before they are even buried.
Would you blame the victim of rape? What if they were dressed provocatively? Are they asking for it? Do rape victims provoke their attackers?
Do these victims of rape and and violence provoke their attackers? Are they to blame? No. Everyone has the right to dress how they want, say what they want, practice freedom of expression without being physically assaulted.
If you disagree you are not a liberal. If you do not stand for the core liberal principles of freedom and equality, you are not liberal, you are illiberal, you are the regressive left.
Stop & think about this. There are people who claim to the left / liberal who are against the freedom of some speech – meaning they are in favor of speech, some speech, but not FREEDOM of speech – and they are in favor of giving certain groups special privileges. They want to uphold Muslims values to the detriment of everyone else and they have a disregard for Danish culture, or French culture, and so on, which holds dear the values of liberty and equality. So these people are against equality as well as being against freedom.
So they are against both of the core principles of liberalism – freedom and equality. Yet, they are liberal?
Liberal. You’re against liberalism and yet you want to call yourself a liberal?
Bullshit. These people are not liberal, they are against liberalism. They are the regressive left.
Now to be clear, not all regressive left people and positions agree on this issue. Cenk Uyger, for example, is on the side of the newspapers, not the terrorists.
But there are many of you, and I know, I have conversed with hundreds of you, who are regressive on this issue of freedom of expression.
Here’s the thing, you will not win. You will lose. You are losing. We are exposing you and expelling you at a faster and faster rate as the left and liberals are waking up to you, the regressive left. If you just google the term regressive left and look at the search results and the dates and you will see that criticism of the regressive left has gone from a whisper to a roar in a few years. Yes, you will be exposed for what you are – regressive – and expelled from the liberal circles in which you lurk.
Complaints, Condemnations & Lawsuits
October 8th – Mosque leaders and imams in Denmark demand that the Jyllands-Posten retract the cartoons and apologize to all Muslims.
October 12th – Ambassadors and delegates of 11 predominately Muslim nations ask the Danish Prime Minister to meet with them about the cartoons.
January 7th – It is decided that the Muslim groups that fled a suit against the Jyllands-Posten for blasphemy have no legal grounds to do so. They appeal the decision on the following day.
January 24th – Saudi government officially condemns the Jyllands-Posten and Danish Prime Minister says Denmark, “has nothing to be ashamed of.”
January 25th – Saudi government demands the Danish government to punish the Jyllands-Posten.
January 31st – Bill Clinton calls the cartoons “outrageous.”
Vladimir Putin says that the Danish government abuses free speech.
One of the Danish imams goes on Al Gazeera TV to complain again, cries, claims Danes will burn the Quran.
February 3rd – Pakistan condemns the cartoons (despite the 2 apologies they issued).
British foreign minister criticizes the Jyllands-Posten despite the 2 apologies.
US Department of State criticizes the Jylland-Posten as well.
February 7th – Danish Muslim organizations file a new lawsuit against the Jyllands-Posten, this time for racist speech.
February 8th – Russian President Vladimir Putin condemns the cartoons and calls on the Danish government to apologize (despite the fact that the paper apologized twice and that the Danish government had nothing to apologize for).
February 16th – European Union passes a resolution condemning the “abuse of free speech” to insult religious figures and condemns the violence.
March 15th – The Danish attorney general decides that there are no grounds to charge Jyllands-Posten with blasphemy or hate-speech.
March 17th – Danish Muslim groups go to the UN Human Rights Council to complain about the Jyllands-Posten.
March 30th – Danish Muslim groups sue the Jyllands-Posten editors for defamation.
April 28th – Audio tape surfaces in which Osama bin Laden calls the cartoons part of “a Zionist-crusader war on Islam” and denounces all apologies.
October 26th – The Danish Muslim group’s newest lawsuit is dismissed because the cartoons are not defamatory to Muslims as a whole. They appeal the decision.
October 15th The OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference), which includes 57 “Muslim” nations and Islamic states also send a letter to the Danish Prime Minister to complain.
October 25th – Egypt sends word to Denmark that it expects Denmark to apologize.
October 27th – Various mosques and Muslim groups in Denmark, citing Denmark’s blasphemy laws, file formal criminal complaints against the Jyllands-Posten.
November 7th – 11th – The Arab League of Nations and the Organization of the Islamic Conference in a joint letter to the United Nations, accuse Denmark of violating human rights resolutions.
Bangladesh sends a letter to Denmark to complain.
Egypt contacts the OSCE, EU and UN to complain that Denmark was violating nondiscrimination resolutions.
December 29th – The Arab League sends more complaints to Denmark.
Syrian and Behran condemn Denmark and the cartoons.
March 30th – UN Human Rights Commission passes a resolution prohibition of the defaming of religious figures.
Reprints of the Muhammad Cartoons
October 17th – Al-Fagr, an Egyptian newspaper reprints half of the cartoons.
October – Reprints in a Moroccan weekly Al-Nahar, a Dutch weekly Elsevier and Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant.
November 3rd – Slobodna Boosna, a Bosnian paper that reprinted all of the cartoons and Die Welt, a German paper that reprinted one.
January 10th – Norwegian newspaper Magazinet reprints all 12 of the cartoons.
February 1st – No less than 12 European newspapers reprints some or all of the cartoons.
February 2nd – Some images are briefly shown on British TV. More papers reprint the cartoons as demonstrations and protests continue in many cities on a few continents.
February 3rd – More publications reprint the cartoons.
February 8th – The French paper Charlie Hebdo reprints the 12 original cartoons plus one of their own.
Also in February – The cartoons are republished in Africa, South America, Asia and Australia. One source says that by February 2006, a minimum of 143 newspapers had reprinted some or all of the cartoons in 56 nations.
February 13th – In response to the failed plot to murder cartoonist Kurt Westergaard, 16 Danish newspapers reprint his cartoon of Muhammad.
They were also reprinted in the US in the Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Sun and Harper’s and many more.
Of course, Charlei Hebdo and other publications printed their own Muhammad cartoons both before and after these events.
Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
October 14th – Roughly 3,500 people protest the Jyllands-Posten in Copenhagen, Denmark.
December 7th – Demonstrations in Pakistan.
January 30th – Armed Muslims storm the Danish embassy in Gaza.
February 3rd – As demonstrations and protests continue in many cities, a popular Muslim TV preacher Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi calls for “a day of rage” in response to the cartoons.
In mosques all across the Middle-East, the cartoons are condemned.
In Indonesia, the Danish embassy is invaded by hundreds of rioters. The ambassador explains to them that the Jyllands-Posten had apologized already – so they leave!
February 4th – Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus are attacked and burned. The Danes and Norwegians flee to the Swedish and Chilean embassies which are then also attacked and burned.
The Danish embassy in Beirut are burned and one of the attackers dies.
February 6th – Protests turn violent in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Kashmir and Somalia.
In Turkey, a Catholic priest is shot in connection with the cartoons.
As protests continue all over, there are deaths in Afghanistan, Kashmir, Somalia and Indonesia.
The Danish embassies are attacked in Iran and Indonesia, the one in Iran is firebombed.
February 7th – Protests continue all over, including France, Finland, Afghanistan, Philippines, Pakistan, the West Bank, Bosnia, Egypt, Niger, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq and Kashmir.
February 9th – Massive protests in Lebanon.
February 10th – Protests continue in Paris, London and all over as new ones pop up in Berlin, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Jordan, Ghana and South Africa and a reported 100,000 march in Morocco. In London, Islamists shout, “Bomb, bomb Denmark. Bomb, bomb USA!”, “Annihilate those who insult Islam!”and “Europe, you will pay with your blood!” (Malik, 2012)
February 12th – Demonstrations in Turkey become massive.
February 14th – American businesses like the Holiday Inn and fast food places are burned in Pakistan.
February 15th – Violent large-scale protests in Peshwar, Pakistan
February 16th – Large-scale protests in Karachi, Pakistan
February 17th – New protests in New York City and Hong Kong and in many places, the protests turn violent.
February 18th – Estimated 10,000 protest in London
February 19th – New protest in Islamabad, Pakistan
February 24th – 200 die (roughly) in clashes between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria. New protests pop up in more places in Pakistan.
February 26th – British embassy invaded in Iran.
February 24th – In Bandung, Indonesia, a mob invades hotels, grabbing Europeans and demanding they denounce the cartoons.
February 26th – More violence in demonstrations in Iran and Pakistan and protests continue all over.
March 3rd – Workers across Pakistan strike to protest the cartoons.
March 4 – As protests continue all over, new ones pop up in Turkey and Pakistan.
March 17 – Protests continue and more pop up in Pakistan.
April 26th – 4,000 women in Pakistan protest the cartoons and Geert Wilder’s film “Fitna”.
December 27th – ISESCO, a pan-Islamic intergovernmental association of 55 states announce a boycott.
January 3rd – OIC announces boycott a Danish cultural event, “Images of the Middle East” planned for summer, 2006.
Saudi Arabia boycotts both Danish and Norwegian goods.
January 21st, 2006 – The Muslim Brotherhood calls for more boycotts of Danish goods and Norwegian goods.
January 27th, 2006 – Mosques throughout Middle East tell worshipers to boycott Danish goods.
January 28th, 2006 – Danish company Arla Foods announces they have zero sales to the Middle East.
March 5th, 2006 – When the second in command of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, urges Muslims to boycott Denmark and all nations in which the cartoons were reprinted, including France, Germany and Norway.
Many more follow.
Death Threats & Plots
October 4th – A 17 year old male in Denmark is arrested for sending death threats to the Jyllands-Posten.
October 14th – 2 of the cartoonists are moved to safe houses as a result of death threats.
October 16th – An other 17 year old man in Denmark is arrested for sending death threats to the paper.
Mid-November – The equivalent of about $8,500 reward is allegedly offered for the murder of any of the cartoonists by Jaamat-i-Islami party in Pakistan.
January 12th – A man of “foreign descent” is arrested in Norway for threatening to kill the cartoonists.
January 31st – Jyllands-Posten receives a bomb threat. The offices are evacuated.
February 1st – A 2nd bomb threat and evacuation of the Jyllands-Posten offices.
February 2nd – In the West Bank, a German school teacher is taken hostage.
February 4th – Protesters in London call for the beheading of the Jyllands-Posten editors. 3 are arrested.
February 10th – More death threats roll in.
February 17th – A Pakistani Muslim religious figure, Maulana Mohammed Yousaf, offers a car and $25,000 as a reward for the murder of one of the cartoonists.
In India, Yaqoob Qureshi, an other influential Muslim, offers their own weight in gold for anyone who would behead one of the cartoonists.
In February and March, thousands of death threats pour in.
July 31st – Failed terrorist plot in Cologne, Germany.
February 12th – Police in Denmark arrest 3 for plotting to murder Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard.
June 2nd – A car is bombed at Danish embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. 8 are killed, 24 injured, all were Danish or Pakistani. Al-Queda claims responsibility and says it was in response to the cartoons. They also warned the infidels, “This should serve as a warning to the infidel countries, in terms of crimes against the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. They must immediately apologize, otherwise this will only be the first step. . .”
SERIOUS INJURYS & DEATHS
February 24th – Roughly 200 people die in a fight between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.
Also the following deaths and injuries were reported.
Embassies & Ambassadors
January 26th – Saudi Arabia pulls it’s ambassador out of Denmark.
January 29th – Libya closes its embassy in Denmark and Scandinavians are told to flee Gaza.
January 30th – Danes told to stay out of the Middle East.
February 1st – Syria pulls their embassy staff members out of Denmark.
February 4th – Danish and Norwegian are attacked and burned. The Danes and Norwegians flee to the Swedish and Chilean embassies which are then also attacked and burned.
February 6th – In Iran, the Danish embassy is fire-bombed.
February 7th – Danish embassies attacked in Iran and Indonesia.
February 8th – Danes pulled out of UN office in Hebron.
February 10th – Danish diplomats pulled out of Iran, Lebanon, Indonesia, Bali and other places.
February 17th – Danish ambassadors pulled out of Pakistan.
February 26th – The British embassy in Tehran, Iran is invaded.
March 1st – Scandinavian aid workers are pulled out of Palestine.
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