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Submitted by Sidda (United States), Feb 16, 2006 at 16:13

This is my understanding of the why. The new media in Denmark, as well as other European countries, regularly do satire on various religions, including Christianity, with no violent protests by anyone.

But in Holland, the film maker Theo Van Gogh, made a documentary in conjunction with a female Dutch Muslim politician critical of how women are treated under Islamic law. They both received death threats from Muslims and Theo van Gogh was attacked and ended up dead in the street with a knife in his chest with a note pinned to it about how this is what happens to someone who criticizes Islam.

This was an exercise by the newspapers to find out how much they would be required to censor themselves by treating Muslims like they treat any other group of people. Yes, as I said, media in Europe, as well as the U.S., routinely criticize and ridicule other religions. They wanted to find out what would happen if they did it to Islam and they found out.

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