There are three reasons not to publish the Danish cartoons depicting
Muhammad with his turban styled as a bomb and the other images that
have sparked violent protests and deaths throughout Europe, the Middle
East, West Asia, and Indonesia:

1) Out of fear of retaliation from the international brotherhood
of radical and bloodthirsty Islamists who seek to impose their will on
those who do not believe as they do. This is, frankly, our primary
reason for not publishing any of the images in question. Simply stated,
we are being terrorized, and as deeply as we believe in the principles
of free speech and a free press, we could not in good conscience place
the men and women who work at the Phoenix and its related
companies in physical jeopardy. As we feel forced, literally, to bend
to maniacal pressure, this may be the darkest moment in our 40-year
publishing history.

2) Out of respect for the millions of faithful and peace-abiding
believers throughout the world who are deeply disturbed by the
violation of their religion’s proscription against the pictorial
representation of their prophet.

3) And in the hope that restraint shown by those who believe
deeply in the sanctity of free speech will be able to stand side by
side with those who believe with equal fervour in the dignity of
religious expression to oppose the forces of darkness and evil in the
Islamic world.

Peter Fray

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