Cartoons of the Islamic founder and "prophet", Mohammed, one of which depicted him with a bomb, were published in various European newspapers – and Muslims worldwide went wild with (albeit carefully choreographed) anger. Depicting Mohammed is prohibited by Islam. The cartoons were first published in a daily newspaper in Denmark. Later, other newspapers published them as well, insisting on the western tradition of freedom of the press.
In early February 2006, Syrian Muslim demonstrators set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, damaged the Swedish embassy, and attempted to storm the French mission; and Muslim demonstrators set fire to the Danish consulate in Beirut. Police fired tear gas to disperse the thousands of angry Muslims, and 60 people were arrested. The Danish Foreign Ministry urged Danes to leave Lebanon and advised its citizens not to travel there.
In Indonesia, protesters in four cities demanded an apology from Denmark. In Iraq, Muslims called for attacks on Danish troops, and the seizing and killing of Danish hostages. In Tehran, Iran, the Austrian embassy was pelted with fire bombs and stones. In the Gaza strip, Palestinian demonstrators threw stones at the EU offices, and pulled down the EU flag. In Afghanistan, protests occurred in several places, with at least one person being killed when shooting erupted in one town. And in Britain, Muslims protesting in London held up placards which read: "Europe you will pay, your 9/11 will come", and, "Butcher those who mock Islam."
In late February, about 1000 demonstrators torched the Italian consulate in Benghazi, Libya, with police firing on the demonstrators, killing and injuring many. In Chaniot, Pakistan, police fired on a crowd trying to burn shops in protest. Hundreds blocked roads, burned tyres and pelted police with stones. Various protests across Pakistan left a number of people dead, as demonstrators targeted western businesses. A Pakistani Muslim religious leader announced a U.S. $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who depicted Mohammed.
These Islamic fanatics can dish it out, but they can't take it. Ever quick to commit horrifying terror attacks against non-Muslims the world over, they demand that the rest of the world treats their violent, bloodthirsty founder, Mohammed, with "respect." Mohammed may be the prophet of all Muslims worldwide, and they may respect him; but we have news for these Islamic mobsters – the rest of the world doesn't revere him as a prophet. In fact, all peace-loving people do not revere him in any way at all. If Muslims want to revere this man, they are free to do so, but their arrogant assertion that the whole world must hold him in high esteem is absolutely ridiculous. The Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is reviled in Hollywood movies, His name is used as a curse-word by millions, He is rejected as the Son of God by Muslims and others – but Christians do not go on the rampage, burning and bombing and killing those who revile Him in this way. They know that such people will answer to God one day, who will pour out His eternal wrath upon them. Psalm 2 says that when even the kings of the earth and the rulers combine against the Lord and against His Christ, "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure" (Psa. 2:4,5). Christians know that the Bible says, "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord" (Rom. 12:19). They do not take up swords and guns and bombs, and kill and maim those who differ with them. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6); Mohammed was a man of war and violence. True Christians go out as sheep in the midst of wolves (Matt. 10:16); Muslims go out to burn and pillage and plunder.
The undeniable fact is that Islam, in the name of Mohammed, is engaged in terrorist atrocities around the world. Given this fact, then, a cartoon of Mohammed with a bomb is very appropriate. Islam is a religion of swords, guns, and bombs. The Koran itself teaches that Muslims can rise up and kill "infidels" (non-Muslims). It has always been a bloodthirsty religion, and nothing has changed. Every day the newspapers provide details of the grim reality: Muslim suicide bombers, Muslim terrorist atrocities, Muslim riots, Muslim death threats.
And let's never forget 9/11.
For the past few decades, vast numbers of Muslims have emigrated to European countries. In some of these countries, Islam is now the second religion after Roman Catholicism. And as their numbers have grown and their influence has increased, and as religious freedom is, on paper at least, guaranteed in much of Europe and the rest of the west (of course this is rapidly being eroded and ignored by European governments today), Muslims living in Europe and other western nations have become ever more aggressive, and are demanding "respect" for Islam. It is a deliberate agenda on the part of the Muslim world: to flood Europe with emigrants, the plan being to turn Europe into an Islamic continent. And so they take advantage of the laws concerning religious freedom in these countries.