Prophet Mohammed cartoons 'racist': Green MP

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10 February 2006, BERLIN - The leader of Germany's opposition Greens party said Friday that cartoons depicting the Islamic Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist were "racist" and that their publication across Europe had been irresponsible.

10 February 2006

BERLIN - The leader of Germany's opposition Greens party said Friday that cartoons depicting the Islamic Prophet Mohammed as a terrorist were "racist" and that their publication across Europe had been irresponsible.

Fritz Kuhn of the Greens underlined there could be no watering down of freedom of speech which remained an anchor of all European democracies.

But freedom of expression had to be used responsibly, said Kuhn in a German parliamentary debate over the cartoons which have stoked Muslim anger around the world.

"The (cartoons) are racist and dangerous," said Kuhn.

Kuhn underlined that anger over the cartoons could not justify violence, especially from regimes which were using the cartoons to divert attention from domestic problems.

Wolfgang Gerhardt of the opposition Free Democrats (FDP) said Muslims would have to learn to "tolerate the sometimes sharp tone that comes with freedom of speech."

Germany has about 3.5 million Muslims out of a total population of 82 million. Turks and Germans of Turkish descent number about 2 million and are Germany's biggest minority.

So far there have not been any mass protests of German Muslims over the cartoons.

DPA with Expatica

Subject: German news

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