Progress Organization condemns anti-Muslim hate propaganda and calls upon European
Union to take a firm stand in defense of
the rights of all religious communities
6 February 2006
a statement issued today, the President of the International
Progress Organization (I.P.O.), Dr. Hans Koechler, condemned the
publication of blasphemous caricatures by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten
and their republication by newspapers in France, Norway,
Germany, Belgium, Spain, Austria,
New Zealand, and other Western countries.
12 cartoons originally printed in the Danish newspaper reveal
utter contempt for the Muslim religion and are a clear
incitement to religious hatred and fanaticism against the
worldwide community of Muslims. In their design, the caricatures
very much resemble racist depictions of an earlier European era.
Caricatures that insult and ridicule Islam cannot be considered
as artistic expressions.
kind of hate propaganda against Prophet Mohammad, the founder of
Islam, one of the great monotheistic religions, cannot be
condoned in any way. Freedom of the press does not entitle to
engage in racism and blasphemy, the President of the I.P.O. said.
The right to free expression is complemented by the duty to
respect the values and dignity of other religions and
re-publication of the defamatory cartoons outside of Denmark
unmasks the anti-Muslim agenda of leading circles in the West.
Apart from being deeply amoral, this campaign against Islam
violates the basic human right of all Muslims to religious
freedom, including their right to be treated with respect.
Furthermore, the West has no right whatsoever to impose its own
secular worldview upon the community of Muslims.
President of the I.P.O. criticized the leaders of European
states for not reacting vigorously enough against an
anti-Islamic campaign that poisons the relations between the
Muslim world and the West and seriously threatens the peaceful
co-existence between religious communities in Europe’s
increasingly multicultural societies. The publication and
continued re-publication of the
anti-Muslim cartoons are acts of provocation and constitute a
grave violation of the fundamental
European values as enshrined in Art. 6 of the Treaty on
European Union (Treaty of Amsterdam) and in the EU
Charter of Fundamental Rights. Dr. Koechler called upon the
Presidency of the European Union not to be silent any longer on
a matter that is of crucial importance for the future of Europe
and to issue an unambiguous and outright condemnation of
Jyllands-Posten and the media in those EU member states that have joined the Danish
newspaper in printing the defamatory caricatures, thus inciting anti-Muslim hatred.
What is required is a clear and unambiguous statement by the
European Union that the publication of cartoons defaming an
entire religion is a violation of the very values on which the
European Union is founded.
in the West who try to hide their deep-seated hatred towards
Islam behind the freedom of the press or of artistic expression
should know that they keep all those Europeans hostage of their
fanatic agenda who believe in peaceful co-existence with Islam
on the basis of mutual respect. The insistence of anti-Muslim
circles in Europe on republishing the blasphemous cartoons may
actually bring about the “clash of civilizations” which the
Western establishment has been talking about since the end of
the Cold War and which will threaten not only the security, but
the future stability of Europe, the President of the I.P.O.
Web Site: The Dialogue of Civilizations
Conference Publication: The Concept of
Monotheism in Islam and Christianity
Paper: Hans Koechler, Muslim-Christian Ties in Europe:
Past, Present and Future
Paper: Hans Koechler, The Philosophical Foundations of
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