"The Story Behind the Drawings
The story behind the Jyllands-Posten drawings of the prophet Mohammed began in late September 2005. "
Journalists working for Jyllands-Posten became aware of several instances of writers and artists in Denmark and abroad practising self-censorship for fear of offending prominent Muslims.
Danish author Kaare Bluitken wrote a primarily educational children's book about the prophet Mohammed, but ran into problems trying to find an illustrator. Certain interpretations of Islam find it inappropriate or directly forbid pictures of the prophet. Eventually, an illustrator did agree to work on the book, but only under the cloak of anonymity.
Jyllands-Posten published several articles addressing this state of affairs. The newspaper took a position that it is untenable for non-Muslims to be bound by Muslim scripture.
In order to find out exactly how widespread self-censorship is, the newspaper asked a number of Danish illustrators to submit their own personal interpretations of how the prophet might appear.
Twelve illustrators submitted drawings, which the newspaper published on 30 September 2005 as a contribution to the debate about self-censorship amongst journalists, authors, and artists. ..."
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Check out more 'Cartoon explanations' from JP here.
ALSO, peruse the Mohammed Image Archive - Depictions of Mohammed Throughout History, and see that many artists have been depicting the Prophet Muhammed for many many years.
That site and others have been attacked by some Jihadist Hackers. Michele Malkin and others post stuff about
IslamOfascist Hackers trying to give the impression that they really care about these stupid cartoons.
They continue to pretend that they are actually peaceful and care about freedom.
The only 'freedom' they want is the freedom to enslave the world without anybody complaining or trying to stop them.