Danish Muslims still against Mohammed drawings

While an increasing number of non-Muslims believe publishing cartoons was the right thing to do

Freedom of speech versus religion. The division continues (photo: Christian Wenande) Freedom of speech versus religion. The division continues (photo: Christian Wenande)
September 30th, 2015 8:29 am| by Christian W
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A decade after the Mohammed drawings were printed by Jyllands-Posten, eventually sparking an international crisis in early 2006, Danish Muslims remain steadfast in their convictions.

A new survey by Wilke reveals that precisely ten years after the cartoons first appeared in Jyllands-Posten, 93 percent of Danish Muslims believe the newspaper was wrong to publish the controversial drawings.

Conversely, there are an increased number of non-Muslim Danes who believe Jyllands-Posten was correct to publish the drawings.


Some 57.6 percent said it was right to print the drawings, compared to the 47 percent who felt the same back in 2006.

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Cultural differnce
Jens Peter Frølund Thomsen, a professor of political science at Aarhus University, argued the figures reflect a cultural difference between the two groups.

”There are clearly different views on this: our political culture versus  religion-founded rules,” Thomsen told Jyllands-Posten. “The Danes defend the freedom of speech and Danish Muslims do so to much less of a degree.”