3.09.2006

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Magazine To Publish Prophet Cartoons

from The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A magazine published by the science and reason-driven Center for Inquiry will publish some of the cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad that have provoked deadly protests among Muslims worldwide.

Free Inquiry's April-May issue, to be released March 15, will include four of the drawings which originally appeared in a Danish newspaper in September, the magazine's editors said Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of people have massed in protest of the cartoons as recently as this past weekend. About 50,000 people, many chanting "Hang those who insulted the prophet," rallied in the Pakistani city of Karachi on Sunday. In Turkey, about 20,000 protesters chanted anti-Danish slogans in the city of Erzurum, reports said.

Islamic tradition bars depiction of Muhammad to prevent idol worship, which is strictly prohibited.

Editor Tom Flynn said the magazine was acting in solidarity with several European newspapers which have reprinted the drawings, demonstrating a commitment to free expression and a free press.

Also driving the decision was the Center for Inquiry's mission to promote freedom of inquiry "in all areas of human endeavor."

"No religious teaching, community, or institution should be held immune from criticism simply because of its religious nature," Flynn said.

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