When the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
including one in which he is shown wearing a turban shaped as a bomb
with a burning fuse – it expected a strong reaction…[it] provoked demonstrations
in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, death threats against the
artists, condemnation from 11 Muslim countries and a rebuke from the
United Nations.

Flemming Rose, cultural editor of Jyllands-Posten, Denmark’s largest newspaper,…said
he decided to commission the cartoons when he heard that Danish
cartoonists were too scared of Muslim fundamentalists to illustrate a
new children’s biography of Muhammad.

Annoyed at the self-censorship
he said had overtaken Europe since the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh
was murdered last year by a Muslim radical
for criticizing Islam’s treatment of women, he said he had decided to test Denmark’s free speech norms.


Reading the entire news story gives us the necessary insight to
understand the ongoing debate and strife in democratic societies faced
with an alarmingly intolerant and radicalized Muslim reaction to
anything said or done in relation to Islam in the true spirit of
secular and democratic freedom. They begin to blackmail everyone.

The said cartoons were published on 30 september 2005.

But Islam’s claim that Prophet Mohammed hasn’t been portrayed in art because it has never been allowed is not true. You can see here a compilation of depictions of Mohammed spanning a considerable period of time in history.