Wednesday, September 8, 2010

One German Chancellor's Praise is Another Person's Insult

Predictably, some people aren't too happy about German Chancellor Angela Merkel honoring the Danish cartoonist Peter Westergaard, whose 2005 cartoon set off riots in the Muslim world.
Aiman Mazyek of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany said in a statement: "Merkel is honoring the cartoonist who in our view trampled on our Prophet and trampled on all Muslims."
"By having her photo taken next to Kurt Westergaard, Merkel is taking a huge risk," wrote the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung before the ceremony.
As with the Ground Zero Mosque, here we have another case of "free expression versus having the good taste not to do something symbolically provocative" - except with the roles reversed.


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