Saturday, February 11, 2006
[16.20 GMT] Bruce Kent joins Mohammed cartoon demo in London (24dash.com): Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather described the cartoons as "a juvenile posturing exercise". She went on: "Nothing was done to further the cause of liberal values or the freedom of speech - the publication of the cartoons was just plain racist." Bruce Kent, a friend and colleague of British hostage Norman Kember who is being held in Iraq, spoke as a representative of the Christian group Pax Christi. He said: "I think the cartoons hurt the Muslims, they hurt me as a Christian and they were grossly offensive. "I think we religious groups should be working together for a world of justice and peace." See also: Giles Fraser on iconoclasm (Guardian, UK): the first article I've seen to go beyond superficial talk about a Muslim 'taboo' on images in order to explore the theological and political issues of reprsentation. Cartoons endanger peace activists (London Free Press, Canada); Cartoon controversy spreads throughout Muslim world (Guardian, UK); Many Iraqis Killed in Mosque Attack (Turks, USA).