Sunday, February 05, 2006

Qaradawi backtracking fast from his "Day of Anger"

Culture: ..which has turned into a weekend of violence with no end in sight.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi condemned on Sunday the torching of Danish and Norwegian embassies in Arab capitals by Muslims angry over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad. Qaradawi, who is based in Qatar, told Arabic television Al Jazeera that Muslims should instead channel their fury by boycotting goods of countries who published the drawings in their newspapers. "We call on Muslims to show their fury in a logical an controlled manner," Qaradawi said. "We didn't ask people to burn embassies as some have done in Damascus and Beirut. We asked people to boycott products ... We don't sanction destruction and torching because this is not in line with morality or Muslim behavior," he said, referring to calls to boycott he made during Friday's sermon in Qatar. Thousands of angry Muslim protesters torched the Danish consulate in Beirut on Sunday a day after Syrians set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, damaged the Swedish embassy and tried to storm the French mission. Qaradawi also called for international action over the cartoons -- one which depicted Prophet Mohammad with a turban shaped like a bomb -- which first appeared in a Danish newspaper in September and were reprinted in other European countries. "I call on Arab and Islamic governments to ask the United Nations to issue a law forbidding insults to all religions."
Oh no you don't you liar. This is what you said on Friday.
A leading hard-line Muslim cleric, Sheikh Yussef al-Qaradawi, called for the day of anger to protest against the printing of the cartoons - first published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September - in other European papers. "Let Friday be an international day of anger for God and his prophet," said the sheikh, who is the head of the International Association of Muslim Scholars. He is one of the Arab world's most popular television preachers and made a controversial visit to London in July 2004 as a guest of the mayor, Ken Livingstone.
A day of anger means a bit more than boycotting danish foods, you called for anger and you got it. Now deal with the fallout. tag: jyllands-posten, mohammed

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