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February 02, 2006

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M.Zaeed

That's not a valid argument at all because there's a difference between a factual truth and a religious truth. A factual truth (e.g. the Holocaust) can be scientifically proven. To deny the Holocaust is therefore a lie, not an opinion.
A religious truth (e.g. "Jesus Christ is the Son of God") cannot be scientifically proven. Believers must therefore accept that others deny it. So even though most Christians will feel insulted if someone says that Christ is NOT God, they must accept that others voice this different opinion.

Soren

Fair enough.

But, let me point out that there is no ban on headscarves in Denmark. It is not a crime to deny the Holocaust in Denmark. It is not a crime to buy or sell nazi memorabilia in Denmark. The Nazi party is allowed to exist in Denmark.

It is, however, a crime to burn or deface a Bible or a Koran.

We have taken a great deal of criticism about this from other European countries over the years, since the more restrictive laws among our neighbors have led to Denmark playing host to some very loathsome creatures, who could use Denmark as a base from which to spread their views. Over all, though, the consensus has been that it is preferable to allow such things, all things considered. Our Nazis are vile, but happily both ridiculous and utterly marginalized.

So, the "clever" tactic described above is not likely to be very effective in Denmark, at least.

Cosmo

It's not the subject matter of the cartoons, but the reaction to it which is the bigger issue here. Publishing holocaust denial cartoons might generate a legal response, but wouldn't ignite the furor or calls for retributive violence (and actual violence) we've seen in this case.

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