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Freedom of Speech: Europe VS Muslim world (cartoon controversy)

The publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish Newspaper spurred protests among Europe's Muslim population and in Muslim nations worldwide. The Muslim world considers the cartoons to be blashpemy while Europeans insist it is Freedom of Speech. Which is it?

Criticizing a religion or it's representatives is:

85% (102) Freedom of expresion
14% (17) Blasphemy

119 voters have answered this question.

On a 1-10 scale, how important do you consider Freedom of Speech to be?

52% (65) 10 (most)
22% (28) 9
12% (15) 8
8% (10) 7
0% (0) 6
1% (2) 5
0% (0) 4
0% (1) 3
1% (2) 2
0% (1) 1 (least)

124 voters have answered this question.

On a 1-10 scale, how important do you consider Religion to be?

32% (39) 10 (most)
7% (9) 9
6% (8) 8
6% (8) 7
5% (6) 6
7% (9) 5
5% (7) 4
5% (6) 3
5% (7) 2
16% (20) 1 (least)

119 voters have answered this question.

Do you believe you should have the right to publicly criticize Christianity, Islam or any other religion?

83% (100) Yes
8% (10) No
8% (10) Not sure

120 voters have answered this question.

or even ridicule them?

60% (72) Yes
28% (34) No
10% (13) Not sure

119 voters have answered this question.

The reaction of the muslim world, "The Cartoon Intifada" as was labelled by western newspapers, ranged from consumer boycotts of danish products to the torching of Danish Embassies, calls for the cartoonist's beheading and subsequent assasination attemps. Do you find this reaction justified?

9% (11) Yes
88% (105) No
2% (3) Not sure

119 voters have answered this question.

Would you support more strict limits in the European citizen's freedom of speech regarding any religion?

13% (16) Yes
80% (97) No
5% (7) Not sure

120 voters have answered this question.

Do you approve the publication of the caricatures of prophet Muhammad?

64% (77) Yes
15% (18) No
20% (24) I disapprove but they had the right to do it. That is what Europe is all about

119 voters have answered this question.

What is your interpretation of the whole incident?

21% (25) It shows that European values and Islam are incompatible
1% (2) Could be a Jewish plot to discredit Islam
9% (11) It shows that Europe is xenophobic and racist
2% (3) Could be an American conspiracy to discredit Islam
30% (36) It shows that the muslim world still lives in the dark ages
4% (5) It is a battle between Christianity and Islam
31% (37) It is a battle between religious extremism and democracy

119 voters have answered this question.

On a 1-10 scale how serious you consider the whole incident to be?

17% (21) 10 (most)
7% (9) 9
13% (16) 8
7% (9) 7
9% (12) 6
8% (10) 5
7% (9) 4
5% (7) 3
5% (7) 2
18% (22) 1 (least)

122 voters have answered this question.

Where do you come from?

53% (65) USA
27% (34) Europe
7% (9) Muslim world
11% (14) Other

122 voters have answered this question.

What is your religious affiliation?

36% (45) Christian
9% (12) Muslim
31% (39) Atheist
21% (26) Other

122 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2008-04-11 09:15:36 by sakis
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