South Shore Interfaith Group Explores Cartoon Controversy

March 5, 2006

Source: The Boston Globe

On March 5, 2006 The Boston Globe reported, "Members of a South Shore interfaith discussion group representing the three 'Abrahamic' religions -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam -- are grappling on the local level with the international controversy over cartoons, first published by Danish newspapers, of the Prophet Mohammed. When the cartoon came up at the group's last meeting, some members asked why Muslims had not condemned the violent demonstrations in some Muslim countries against the embassies of countries whose newspapers printed the cartoon. 'The answer is they have spoken up, but you cannot get to hear it,' said Ruth Yasin, a Muslim and a Scituate resident. The regional interfaith group has been meeting since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks... When the group discussed the cartoons, Yasin pointed to a statement by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group, which condemned the cartoons as 'inaccurate, derogatory and intentionally provocative,' but also stated, 'burning flags, destroying embassies and threatening innocent people are hardly appropriate responses.' 'The Prophet Muhammad, who preached repelling evil with kindness, would not approve of such violent acts," the council statement continued. ''He would have responded by educating the ignorant.' But statements like this one have been largely ignored by the mainstream media, she said, while pictures of violent Muslim demonstrators filled the airwaves. 'This fits their fears,' Yasin said."