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Kurt Westergaard on the Purpose of the Muhammad Cartoon

October 1, 2009

My cartoon was construed as an attempt to hurt the feelings of every Muslim in the world. That was never my intention. My picture was an attempt to expose those fanatics who have justified a great number of bombings, murders and other atrocities with reference to the sayings of their prophet. If many Muslims thought that their religion did not condone such acts, they might have stood up and declared that the men of violence had misrepresented the true meaning of Islam. Very few of them did so. [...] [T]he "cartoon affair" is the central barometer of values in our time, particularly regarding free speech.

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