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Saturday, 11 February 2006
more London cartoon demonstrations
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More than 4,000 UK mainstream Muslims joined a protest against controversial cartoons satirising their Prophet Muhammad in London's Trafalgar Square, according to the BBC:

A series of speakers gathered to support the Muslim community, including MP Jeremy Corbyn.

In his speech, which was met with cheers from the crowd, he said: "The only way our community can survive is by showing mutual respect to each other.

Protester at pro-Islam rally in Trafalgar Square

"We demand that people show respect for each other's community, each other's faith and each other's religion."

Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather described the cartoons as "a juvenile posturing exercise".

"Nothing was done to further the cause of liberal values or the freedom of speech - the publication of the cartoons was just plain racist," she added.

 

No one has ever explained to my satisfaction how opposing the domination of a  totalitarian religion is racist, though this is easily and simply assumed along with a superior attittude, the affectation of an empty thought, no more.   How can standing up for the principle of free speech be a racist act?   These are dangerous slogans.

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Posted on 02/11/2006 5:14 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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