UCLA cartoon unveiling highlights ongoing tension

first_img “People basically respect the exchange of ideas,” she said. “But of course you are always prepared.” The L.O.G.I.C. event is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Dodd Hall and will feature a panel that includes Kevin James, host of KABC-AM’s (790) Red Eye Radio, and Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute. Local Muslim leaders were upset that another student group wants to display the cartoons under the premise of free speech and open dialogue. “This is disgusting, frankly, and childish,” said Shakeel Syed, director of Islamic Shura Council, which overseas Southland mosques. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A UCLA student group will display the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad tonight that have incited deadly protests throughout the Muslim world. The cartoons will be shown at a free-speech forum hosted by L.O.G.I.C. – Liberty, Objectivity, Greed, Individualism and Capitalism. “Self-censorship is becoming a real big problem. People are censoring themselves out of, quote-unquote, religious sensitivities,” said Arthur Lechtholz-Zey, the club’s founder and president. “The Western government and media have done freedom of speech harm by being apologists.” The 12 controversial cartoons, which first appeared in a Danish newspaper, include one depicting Muhammad with a bomb and fuse for a turban. Islamic tradition prohibits images of Allah, Muhammad, Islam’s holiest prophet. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Muslim Student Association at UCLA plans to hold its own forum tonight to talk about the prophet and discuss why it finds the cartoons, which will not be displayed, offensive. “They want us to react very strongly. We are not going to give them that publicity,” said Ghayth Adhami, the association’s program director. Since the cartoons were republished in some Western media in January, hundreds of thousands have taken to the streets in the Mideast in often militant protests. Rioting has left some 50 dead, according to news reports. Denmark temporarily closed embassies in Indonesia, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan and Syria. In the United States, the discourse has been more civil, although several hundred students gathered last month to protest a display of the cartoons at the University of California, Irvine. Authorities do not expect any problems will arise from the event at UCLA, police spokeswoman Nancy Greenstein said. last_img

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