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Reader comment on item: Something Rotten in Denmark?
in response to reader comment: The Recent Cartoon Controversy in Denmark

Submitted by Hind Samy (Egypt), Feb 2, 2006 at 11:16

I am a Muslim and I am always hurt by all this hate - I lived in Denmark for 2 years and I remember it as a beautiful country and the people were great to live amongst. I never experienced any racism and some of the happiest times of my life were there. I haven't been there in years and a Muslim friend of mine born and raised there, who is very westernised by the way, told me the Denmark I remember is dead, that there is a lot of hate and racism there now. Pity, I'm sad.

Back to the original issue - depicting religious figures of any religion disrespectfully is wrong - people talk about freedom of the press etc, what freedom of the press? Can anyone dare talk about the holocaust in a way that isn't pleasing to the Jews? I'm not belittling how the Jews feel, nor do I hate them, I'm just trying to give an example of how biased"freedom of speech" can be.

I doubt any Muslim would ever depict Jesus or Moses or any religious figure in a disrespectful way because Islam teaches us to respect Judaism and Christianity and any of God's prophets, not hate.

We are very close to our religion and feel personally offended when our religion is attacked in this way, is that wrong? A friend of mine recently told me of a Finnish man she knows who takes pleasure in urinating in churches in the Holy Water, how disrespectful is that? Does this mean all Finns are terrible people? As a Muslim it made me upset, wouldn't it upset a Christian? Is loving your religion and respecting others a crime? Show me one picture of Muslims making fun of Jesus or any other of God's prophets.

Please stop all this hate - there are bad people in all walks of life and all creeds. Just because you may have read about or even met a bad Muslim doesn't mean we're all terrorists and out to get you.

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