Kurt Westergaard, the Danish cartoonist who depicted Muhammad as a suicide bomber in 2006, tells AFP that he has been placed on indefinite leave "for security reasons." Just a few months ago, Westergaard was attacked by an axe-wielding Islamist in his own home. Thankfully, in America the media are resolutely standing up to such vicious attacks on free speech.
An episode of “South Park” that continued a story line involving the Prophet Muhammad was shown Wednesday night on Comedy Central with audio bleeps and image blocks reading “CENSORED” after a Muslim group warned the show’s creators that they could face violence for depicting that holy Islamic prophet. Revolution Muslim, a group based in New York, wrote on its Web site that the “South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh” for an episode shown last week in which a character said to be the Prophet Muhammad was seen wearing a bear costume. Mr. Van Gogh was slain in Amsterdam in 2004 after making a film that discussed the abuse of Muslim women in some Islamic societies.
Hat tip: Michael Moynihan