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Loony Toons

by | 8th, February 2006

‘NO national UK paper has yet printed the cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that have sparked some Muslims into fury.

Publish and be damned may well be the call from some of the Press’s more strident voices, but the suits aren’t risking it.

Why is debatable. Some readers, as papers’ letters pages attest, say the decision not to publish shows the sensitivity of the British press towards Islam and faith in general.

Pragmatic voices posit the view that it’s from fear of losing readers. And then there’s the view that the cartoons are so painfully crass that they don’t deserve our attention.

Writing in the Times, Alan Coren says the cartoons of Muhammad are “so ill-conceived, so ill-drawn and so unfunny”. He’s right. However, he wonders what would have happened had they been any good, had they made us laugh.

Until Mac or some other cartoonist has a bash at eking humour out of Islam, we may never know – today the Times’s artist Peter Brookes produces a still entitled “CARTOON WARS ESCALATE”, featuring a pug-faced Gordon Brown drawing pictures of the divine Tony Blair, halo and all.

But while Blairites scream for blood, vowing to behead Brookes, and torch any and every shop and newspaper stand selling the image, the Independent brings news of a British organ that did publish the pictures.

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