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Muslims To Ask U.N. to Ban Religious Insults

The Organization of Islamic Conference and the Arab League have announced they intend to request a resolution from the United Nations that prohibits offending religions.

The announcement on Sunday came after two Scandinavian newspapers issued cartoons which have angered many Muslim communities, the London-based A-Sharq Al-Awsat reported.

Several Muslim countries are diplomatically isolating Denmark because of twelve cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad, which were published in a Danish daily, Jyllands-Posten last September and reprinted in a Norwegian magazine earlier this month.

What some might consider a minor incident has snowballed into a huge diplomatic tiff.

The cartoons have angered Muslim communities which regard images of the prophet as blasphemous.

Arab countries have condemned the caricature and are demanding an apology from the Danish and Norwegian governments.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Copenhagen for talks. Saudi citizens are also boycotting Danish products as a protest measure.

The Egyptian parliament is also demanding to recall its ambassadors from Copenhagen and Oslo for talks.

The Jordanian Foreign Minister ‘Abd Al-Ilah Al-Khatib called the Danish envoy in the country to express Jordan’s dissatisfaction with the “deliberate insult of Islam.”

Libya has also closed its embassy in Copenhagen and has threatened to take economic and trade-related penal measures against Denmark.

Damascus is calling on the Danish government to take all the necessary steps to punish the offenders.

Condemnations also came from religious groups in Bahrain and Iraq.