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Friday, February 10, 2006 

Let's promote this great spirit!

Dropping by the the Danish Muslims' website Al Mujaz (in Arabic) I found an opening article that caught my attention. It is entitled "A message from another Denmark". The message was copied and pasted from a website made by Danish citizens in which they express their apology about the Jyllands-Posten cartoon controversy. They say:
A letter from Another Denmark

Dear Muslim citizens in Denmark and the World

I wish to state the existence of another Denmark: A Denmark that wants to live in peace with the Muslim world. There is another Denmark, which hopes for and believes in respect and tolerance between religions and different groups of people. As a Dane I have no responsibility for what a single and privately owned Danish newspaper chooses to publish. Even so, I strongly condemn the actions of Jyllands-Posten that have offended muslims around the world, and I understand the need for an apology from the newspaper.

We all have a responsibility for treating each other, our religious faiths, and convictions with dignity and respect. By publishing the caricatures of Muhammad, the newspaper Jyllands-Posten failed their obligation to exercise with care and consideration the right of freedom of speech.

I condemn all kinds of discrimination, prejudice and racism, whether it is directed against Muslims, Jews, Christians or other groups in a society. Therefore, I reject the hostile and prejudicial way of speaking that has marked several Danish,political parties and media within recent years.

I want to make a request to all parts involved, that opinions and protests may be conducted in a respectful and peaceful manner. Attacks on and threats against individuals and assets only make the situation worse for all of us.

I believe in a world, where religions, ethnic groups and various political and cultural opinions can coexist in an atmosphere of dialogue, tolerance and mutual respect. I wish to state the existence of Another Denmark that conceives itself as a part of such a heterogenous world and humanity.

In the sincere hope of international tolerance and respect.
And I found out that their guest book has 6114 signs till now. This letter comes at the same time Muslim young men lauched a website apologizing for Denmark and Norway about the violent attacks on their embassies. And I found a link to the Arab website on the Danish one.

I can't tell you how happy I am as these calls for tolerance and respect of the other are getting louder everyday. I say we should all promote this great spirit in Middle East and Denmark to start a peaceful dialogue that will surly lead to more understand and mutual respect. I say what made me even happier is a piece of news on Al Jazeera:
The Palestinian resistance group Hamas has joined calls for calm amid international furore sparked by cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, but a Taliban commander in Afghanistan says 100 suicide bombers have volunteered.

[...]

A senior figure at Al-Azhar, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, said it was time to move on from high emotion to constructive dialogue.

"Quiet debate and dialogue, without passion" is the way forward, Ali al-Samman, who heads an interconfessional dialogue committee at the prestigious seat of learning in the Egyptian capital, said.
Finally, the numbers of those calling for starting a dialogue are increasing on both side. But as you read still terrorists are trying to provoke the situation to hinder reaching an understanding which will be just be more weapon aimed at their hearts. Let's just never give them the space to ruin this great spirit spreading among us and work on achieving the main goal which is starting the dialogue to narrowen the gaps between cultures and achieve understanding, respect and cooperation for the good of humanity.

The sites are:
Another Denmark (Danish side)
We are sorry (Muslim Side)

I also call in the name of tolerance for all cow-worshipping hindus (the hundreds of millions of them) that we cease eating cow meat, cheese, the abomination called the cheeseburger, Leather products of all kind, and any cartoons depicting cows in any way or shape. And for that to happen in every country in the world, especially muslim countries, in the name of tolerance and understanding.

While we are at it, I demand the same rights extended to the scientologists, all 10 million of them, by never making fun of our aliens from space ancestors in any way. Movies such as war of the worlds and independece day should be burned, their stars heavily repirmended, and the US to apologize for it. Especially Tom cruise, who is a scientologist.

And please, let's not forget the pastafarians, those who worship the Flying Spaghetti Monster and were touched by his noodely appednages,and tolerate their views as fall by banning all kinds of pasta from ever getting eaten or lampooned in any way, cause this is blasphemous to their beliefs.

And again I call for that to happen in every country in the world, especially muslim countries, in the name of tolerance and understanding. I also call upon Jimmy to lead by example on this whole thing!

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