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May 21st, 2010
03:58 PM ET

S. African paper publishes Mohammed cartoon

Cape Town, South Africa, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro draws ire after showing Mohammed on a therapist's couch.

Once again, a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed has sparked anger and controversy.

A South African newspaper published Friday a cartoon depicting the prophet lamenting that his followers lack a sense of humor, drawing ire from the Muslim community and fear of reprisal attacks just ahead of the World Cup soccer tournament that is expected to draw thousands to South Africa next month.

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- Moni Basu

Filed under: Culture wars • Islam • Muslim

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  1. Computer Fan

    what matters most is the good deeds that we do on our fellow men, it does not matter what religion you have as long as you do good stuffs *`,

    December 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  2. Personalized Mugs :

    religion is a good thing since this is our only connection to a higher being'-,

    October 25, 2010 at 6:11 am |
  3. Jay Hunt

    actually it doesn't matter what Religion you may have, as long as you treat the other person right..*'

    July 28, 2010 at 6:26 am |
  4. wny

    Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11!

    May 25, 2010 at 10:03 am |
    • iPakistani

      And everything I needed to know about your mental condition, I learned from your comment.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
    • omdusa

      Everything I learned about American democracy I learned from the bomb on Hiroshima.

      May 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  5. haroun Eikram

    you know i am just wondering this but pakistan is blocking so many things why haven't they blocked wikipedia if you look up mohammed in wikipedia they have two images of him one of them having him tortured in hell

    May 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
    • iPakistani

      Wikipedia was one of the first sites to be blocked back in 2006 when this controversy first errupted, along with blogspot/blogger. The ban was later revoked. Blocking access to Facebook and YouTube this time was more symbolic than anything else. The Pakistani Government plans to remove the recent restrictions in a couple of days.

      May 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  6. adore

    Everyone has its religion why do people make fun of muslims and Christians instead god gave live to everyone to live it perfectly not for war and nowadays people don't think of global warming which is increasing only wars and blasts everywhere they should know that we also want to live

    May 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  7. ModernTemplar

    It would be nice to see Muslims be passionate and tolerant and truly live the true meaning of their religion – PEACE. Muslims must help itself by stopping extremism among its rank and learn to co-exist with other religions of modern age. Reprisal of what? Other people's opinion? Come on now...

    May 21, 2010 at 6:57 pm |
    • Abdal-Latif

      Excuse me, but there have been NO ATTACKS in response to this cartoon, and there will not be any. All the "fear of reprisal attacks" stuff is being dutifully supplied by the media in order to stir up more fear and hatred of us Muslims. The idea is to paint us as violent people so that the Zionists can justify stealing our land and torturing us, and the American military can justify killing us. Stop reporting "fear of attacks" as news–NOTHING HAS HAPPENED, OK?

      May 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
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