EU Pres against cartoons
The President of the European Parliament, Hans-Gert Pottering, has told reporters in Doha that he is:
against any cartoons that could instigate violence. […]
We are committed to the freedom of the press but I am against publishing cartoons that hurt the feelings of others. As a Catholic, I would feel insulted if someone derides the Pope. We might disagree with others but we have to respect them.
The wittering Mr Pottering did not elaborate upon the reasons why it was necessary to respect the irrational metaphysical opinions of others. It just is.
UPDATE: (April 16) By contrast, and in mitigation for the institution of the EU, European Commissioner for External Relations and Neighborhood Policy Benita Ferrero-Waldner has ruled out the adoption of anti-blasphemy laws in Europe. Speaking in Riyadh yesterday about Fitna, she said:
There are two principles involved in this matter: freedom of press and freedom of religion. Every individual has a right to express what he thinks is correct. Similarly, the other individual, who is not in agreement, can rebut in the same way […] It is an individual opinion. We practice freedom of religion. You have to understand that Muslims have freedom to practice their religion in our country