While 1.5 Billion Muslims are preparing for their Eid festivity German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to ignore the feelings of Muslims and insult them by honoring Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard with a press freedom award.
The illustrations triggered riots around the world that caused at least 50 deaths [WSJ]. Yet, in the eye of Germany Westergaard is a hero.
Presenting him with a press freedom award, Mrs Merkel said Mr Westergaard was entitled to draw his caricatures. "Europe is a place where a cartoonist is allowed to draw something like this," she said.
"It’s about whether in a Western society with its values he [Mr Westergaard] is allowed to publish his Muhammad cartoons, or not. Is he allowed to do it? Yes he is," Ms Merkel said.
Germany, definitely didn’t get this one right especially that its leader was involved in honoring a man who caused so much pain to 1.5 Billion Muslims. This stupid, ignorant and childish act by German Chancellor is no doubt a strong message to Muslims in Europe.
Luckily on the other hand, America stood firmly against the burning of the Quran. Everyone from President Obama, to Christian leaders, to politicians, to common citizens they all condemned the burning of the Quran. Instead of bragging about freedom-of-speech as European leaders did when the 2005 cartoons published, top politician and religious leaders condemned this act which led the pastor to cancel his stupid plan.
A applaud to America for standing against what parts its citizens regardless of their religion.
Wish you a happy and blessed Eid!