Presence of spine detected in Europe

The widow of a Madrid bombing victim wore a Mohammed cartoon t-shirt to the trial of the alleged attackers.

Meanwhile, a French court has ruled in favor of a newspaper that published the offensive cartoons:

The charges, brought by the Paris Mosque and the Union of Islamic Organizations of France, accused the newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, and its editor, Philippe Val, of “publicly abusing a group of people because of their religion.”

The charges could have resulted in a six-month prison term for Mr. Val and a fine of about $29,000 against the newspaper.

In its Feb. 8, 2006, issue, Charlie Hebdo republished 12 drawings that appeared in September 2005 in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, some of them lampooning the Prophet Muhammad. The publication in Denmark set off deadly rioting across parts of the Muslim world and resulted in Muslim boycotts of Danish products.

Another story out of France has the “youths” [translation: disaffected Muslim 20-somethings who burn cars and riot for little reason] in the suburbs of Paris deciding to vote, instead of riot, to change policy. What an idea. Maybe next they can learn to deal with cartoons satirizing Muhammed instead of whipping themselves up into a murderous rage.

Karol Sheinin once lived on a commune where she was the only conservative for miles. This was easier than being the only Republican in her class at NYU Graduate School . She regularly blogs at Alarming News. She is a recovering My Space addict

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