Interview with Muhammad Cartoonist Westergaard: ‘The Cartoon Must Not Be Used Against Muslims as a Whole’

Prophet Muhammad with a time bomb in his turban: That is how the film by Dutch politician Geert Wilders begins. The Danish cartoonist responsible for the drawing explains to SPIEGEL ONLINE why he wants his drawing removed. SPIEGEL ONLINE: Mr. Westergaard, the anti-Koran movie made by right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders begins with your drawing of the Prophet Muhammad showing him with a time bomb in his turban. You are taking legal action against Wilders as a result. Why? Westergaard: The Danish Association of Journalists will file for an injunction today to force Wilders to take my cartoon out of the film. I don’t want my cartoon taken out of its original context. It was a cartoon aiming at fanatic Islamist terrorists — a small part of Islam. The cartoon must not be used against Muslim society as a whole. That was not my intention. SPIEGEL ONLINE: And this is what you think Wilders is doing with his film?

Sikhs hold peace march to protest against French turban ban

Although the 2004 French law banning obvious religious signs in public schools was significantly aimed at Islamic head coverings, the law is also forcing Sikh students to choose between removing their turbans or being expelled. Two days before French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected in New Delhi, protestors took to the streets to demand that the ban on school children wearing turbans in France be revoked immediately. They said they will also appeal to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also a Sikh, to raise the issue with Sarkozy during his upcoming visit. Wearing a turban is an article of faith for Sikhs, adherents and are required by their religion to have their hair covered. The small Sikh community in France has recently been caught in legal duels with the French government on this issue.

A French Sikh Refuses to Remove Turban for Drivers License Head Shot

By St_phanie Le Bars The United Sikh Association, which represents the Sikh community in France, has announced, Monday, June 11, its intentions to file a plea in the European Court of the Rights of Men against the French law to achieve religious freedom. The lawyers of the Association, active in many European countries, are defending the case of a 52 year-old French Sikh who authorities refused to grant a drivers license without the removal of his turban for the license photo. According to Sikh tradition, men do not cut their hair and wear it wrapped in a large turban on the head.

U.S. Paper Defends Printing Mohammad Cartoon

NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Inquirer, one of the few U.S. newspapers to publish a caricature of the Prophet Mohammad from a series that sparked a wave of protests by Muslims, defended the action on Sunday by saying it was just doing its job. “This is the kind of work that newspapers are in business to do,” said Amanda Bennett, the newspaper’s editor. The Inquirer on Saturday published the most controversial image, which depicted the Prophet with a turban resembling a lit bomb, and it posted on its Web site an Internet link to the rest of the cartoons.