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Danish cartoons stir Muslim push for international 'hatred' ban

Deep-seated Muslim anger at efforts to satirize Prophet Muhammad stirred the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to propose a ban against incitement of religious hatred.

Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AN/Ali Hamza Tullah/Unsplash)

Deep-seated anger among Muslims at continued efforts to satirize Prophet Muhammad in Danish cartoons stirred the second largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations to propose an international legal ban against the incitement of religious hatred.

The Saudi-based Organization of Islamic Cooperation, or OIC, with 57 member nations, issued a strong condemnation of plans by Dutch parliament member Geert Wilders, founder of his nation's anti-Islam Freedom Party, for a cartoon competition to portray the Prophet Muhammad later this year.

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