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Danish police shoot intruder at cartoonist's home

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    Ujengelele JF-Expert Member

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    Saturday, 2 January 2010


    Danish police shoot intruder at cartoonist's home


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    Kurt Westergaard has had a price on his head since 2006

    Danish police have shot and wounded a man at the home of Kurt Westergaard, whose cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad sparked an international row. Mr Westergaard was at home in Aarhus when a man broke in and threatened him. He pressed a panic button and police entered the house and shot the man.
    Danish officials said the intruder was a 28-year-old Somali linked to the radical Islamist al-Shabab militia.
    The cartoon, printed in 2005, prompted violent protests the following year.
    One of 12 cartoons published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands Posten, it depicted the Prophet Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.
    In 2006 the paper apologised for the cartoons, but other European media reprinted them.
    Danish embassies were then attacked by Muslims around the world and dozens killed in riots.
    Mr Westergaard went into hiding amid threats to his life, but emerged last year saying he wanted to live as normal a life as possible.
    His house has been heavily fortified and is under close police protection.
    Mr Westergaard told Jyllands-Posten that the man had entered his house by smashing a window with a hammer and had shouted in broken English that he wanted to kill him.

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    The cartoons prompted anti-Danish outrage across the Muslim world

    He said he had grabbed his five-year-old granddaughter and run to a specially designed panic room where he raised the alarm.
    Mr Westergaard told the newspaper he was shocked that his granddaughter had witnessed the attack.
    He has now been taken to a safe location, but said defiantly that he would be back, the newspaper reported.
    Jakob Scharf, who heads the Danish intelligence service Pet, said the attack was "terror related" and that the suspected assailant has close contacts to Somalia's al-Shabab group.
    He had been under surveillance for activities unrelated to Mr Westergaard, Mr Scharf said.
    Police said he was shot in the knee and the shoulder after threatening officers who tried to arrest him. Preben Nielsen of Aarhus police, said the man was seriously hurt but his life was not in danger.
    The BBC's Malcolm Brabant, who interviewed Mr Westergaard when he emerged from hiding, says the incident will raise questions about security measures put in place by the Danish secret service to protect the artist.
    Islamic militants have placed a $1m price on Mr Westergaard's head.
    Although he is one of 12 cartoonists whose drawings of the Prophet were published in Jyllands-Posten, he has the highest profile, our correspondent says.
     
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    October JF-Expert Member

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    Some people are sick in their heads, How could you justify killing a person just because of a cartoon!

    These barbaric killing should be stopped and Mohammad followers should came out clean by condemning these type of innocent killings in name of religion. This is not how people who claim to be of God should behave, only Satan himself would have such an appetite for seeing blood and killing.
     
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    Ujengelele JF-Expert Member

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    Itakuwa vizuri pia ukiwashauri Wakristo popote pale duniani kuwajia juu mapadri mafirauni kila kona duniani wanaotumia nafasi zao kufanya ufirauni wao.

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    The Irish church's legacy of abuse

    In covering up the appalling abuse of children in its care, the Irish Catholic church broke its own rules, as well as the state's
    Thursday's report into the appalling cover-up by the church and public officials of abuse by Catholic priests in the archdiocese of Dublin is as detailed, and unsparing, as the previous one in May into physical brutality in Ireland's church-run reform schools. Almost no one emerges unscathed. Abusive priests were shuffled around by bishops; the police force and judges looked the other way, or left it to the bishops; canon lawyers ignored canon law. Children were silenced, and sacrificed on the altars of respectability. The levels of arrogance and denial are bewildering. The purgation is massive. Just as the church begins Advent, Ireland is plunged into Lent.
    The charge laid at the church's door is simple and devastating. From the 1960s through to the 1990s, none of the four archbishops of Dublin reported the abuse that was brought to their attention: as the report says, "The Dublin archdiocese's pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sexual abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the church, and the preservation of its assets. All other considerations, including the welfare of children and justice for victims, were subordinated to these priorities. The archdiocese did not implement its own canon law rules and did its best to avoid any application of the law of the state."
    It takes great courage for a society to untangle webs of corruption and complicity, to lay the blame fairly and squarely where it should fall, and to do so without reaching for scapegoats. The Murphy Commission, like the Ryan Commission before it, took years, and involved an army of academics and judicial investigators. Appalling, sickening, revolting, shameful: the adjectives to describe the cover-up of clerical sexual abuse is as endless, and as inadequate, as the inevitably stuttering attempts by today's bishops and public officials to apologise for it. But there is only one real apology that matters: financial compensation in recognition of the harm caused, and a new mindset – yes, and rules – that ensure it cannot happen again.
    That shift has long since occurred. The reason this report can take place at all is because the church has accepted its complicity and handed over its files. New rules prevent any attempt to put other considerations before the welfare of the minor; there is no way now that the church can deal with abuse in an internal forum instead of an external, public forum.
    But an important point has been lost in the coverage. The Irish Times leads the way in claiming that the church dealt with abuse allegations using canon law instead of civil law: "Canon law, which favours abusers over abused, has contributed in a malign way," it claims. But canon law does not favour the abuser, and the Murphy report does not condemn its provisions as inadequate. It notes that since time immemorial child sexual abuse has been both a grave sin and a serious crime in canon law.
    As the report points out, the 1917 code of canon law – which was valid until the new code of 1983 (which did not change this) – "decreed deprivation of office and/or benefice, or expulsion from the clerical state for such offences." A bishop who hears of an allegation of abuse has the obligation in canon law to investigate it, and if it is true, to subject the priest to trial and expel him from the priesthood. That is what must happen independently of, and parallel to, investigation and prosecution by the civil authorities.
    But that is not what happened. Chapter 4 of the report documents a "collapse of respect for canon law in archdiocesan circles ... offenders were neither prosecuted nor made accountable within the church". Only two canonical trials ever took place in the 30-year period under investigation, both in the 1990s and in the teeth of the opposition of one of the most powerful canonists in the archdiocese, Mgr Sheehy, who "actually considered that the penal aspects of that law should rarely be invoked".
    There has never been any doubt, in the Catholic church, of the wrongness of child sex abuse, and its own law reflects this. It is scandalous, of course, that the church ignored the civil law; but as the report shows, for decades civil law in Ireland was severely lacking in its will and capacity to prosecuted clerical abusers. The real scandal is that the church ignored its own law, derived from explicit and unambiguous biblical teaching, a law valid for the church in all political and legal contexts around the world. The principle in canon law is clear and unambiguous: whatever the inadequacies of the civil law, minors must always be protected by the church's law, and their abusers brought swiftly to justice. The failure to obey its own law over many decades in the archdiocese of Dublin, as in other dioceses in the US and the UK, will haunt the church for years to come.
     
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    Ujengelele unajaribu kuua hoja.Ni kwamba Islamic terror ni stupidity ya hali ya juu!
    Watu karibu 100 wamekuwa slaughtered huko Pakistani wakiangalia VOLLEYBALL.!Oh my God ,hii ni dini?Kumbuka huyu ni Muislamu mwenzao,sio George Bush!
     
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    Ujengelele JF-Expert Member

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    Siui hoja bali nataka kuonyesha kwamba dini zote zina matatizo yanayofanana sana. Unakumbuka yale mauaji ya Northern Ireland? Si yalifanywa na Wakristo? Dini zote zimejaa mafisadi tu na kwa taarifa yako mimi si muislamu. Usipende kuhitimisha kitu usichokijua.
     
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    Northern Ireland,IRA walikuwa wanataka united Ireland.Though ni Wakatoliki hakuna hata mmoja wa hao alisema akiiua atapata virgin mbinguni!Islamic terror ni tishio la civilised society katika 21 century.
    Tukushuru Tanzania Wasaud na Wahabism yao haukuingia kwa vishindo Tanzania.
    Tungepata tatizo sana!

    Kulinganisha IRA na Islamic terror ni kuonyesha jinsi gani hujui mambo Bw Ujrngelele.
    Naona uko ok na Al qaida!
     
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    October JF-Expert Member

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    Thank you for your comments, I don't condone homosexuality, I dont defend it and I don't think it is right thing to do before God.

    What about you Ujengelele, Do you condone killing in the name of God? Do you support these killers and defend their actions just because you share the same religion? Should the word keep quite on all evil happening around just because they are being committed be our fellow religion members?
     
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    Ujengelele JF-Expert Member

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    No I don't condone any type of killing on this planet. Wakati huo huo tuwe tayari kukemea maovu yote yanayotokea Ulimwenguni bila kujali kama yanahusu dini unayoifuata au la.
     
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    October JF-Expert Member

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    I agree with you completely, I don't support killings and even rape of innocent people and trying to offer them money to hide the truth. it does not matter who has done it, the truth must be said.

    So when we are condemning Irish church's abuse we should also look the other side of events

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