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Skeptics with a K: Episode #027

More homeopathy (!), treating impotence, victimising Bosnians and permanent gastric fistulas. Diagnosed by passages from the Koran, it’s Skeptics with a K.

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YUP Says Nope To Danish Cartoons

This coming November, Danish political scientist Jytte Klausen’s new book ‘The Cartoons That Shook The World‘ will be released – exploring the complex issues surrounding the now-infamous depictions of the Muslim prophet Mohamed in a Danish newspaper. But, to widespread criticism, the book will be remarkably incomplete – with the publishing house YUP deciding against reprinting the offending cartoons at all.

John Donatich, the director of Yale University Press, explained the decision, asserting that the cartoons are freely available on the Internet and can be accurately described in words, so reprinting them could be interpreted easily as gratuitous.

For those of you who may not recall, four years ago The Jutland Post in Denmark printed 12 Islam-based cartoons, some of which depicted Mohamed in a fashion that was deemed offensive. Rather than responding in an intellectually equal and comparable way, Muslim extremists immediately began a shocking campaign of violence and protest, issuing death threats against the cartoonist and the newspaper – including in India where Haji Yaqoob Qureishi, a minister in the Uttar Pradesh state government, announced in February 2006 a cash reward of US$11 million for anyone who beheads “the Danish cartoonist” who caricatured Mohammad.

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