U of Toronto causing a big stink

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Subject: U of Toronto causing a big stink
TORONTO (CP) - A student newspaper at Canada´s largest university is drawing criticism for publishing a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus embracing.

The University of Toronto student union says it´s received several complaints about the Strand, published by Victoria College. The cartoon, submitted by a student, was published Wednesday alongside an editorial addressing the debate on whether to publish controversial Danish cartoons that have sparked protest around the world.

It depicts a man resembling Jesus embracing another figure with his back turned with a turban and a tattoo of a crescent moon and star.

Union president Paul Bretscher says the editors should pull the cartoon and issue an apology.

Karen Whaley, the paper´s co-editor-in-chief, says the cartoon wasn´t intended to be inflammatory.

The controversy comes amid violent protests by Muslims around the world over cartoons first published by a Danish newspaper that depicted the most revered figure in Islam.

"This is not an issue of freedom of speech," Bretscher said Friday.

"It is about respect and appreciation for the different faiths and cultures on our campus."

Bretscher said the drawing - in which both men are also shown in a floating swan as it enters the "Tunnel of Tolerance" - was originally sent to another U of T paper, the Varsity, which declined to publish it.

Whaley refused to comment Friday on whether the paper would pull the cartoon.

"All I can say on the matter is that it wasn´t intended to be inflammatory," Whaley said.

"It wasn´t intended to offend anyone."

But Bretscher said it is hard to believe the Strand´s editorial staff didn´t anticipate a negative reaction in the wake of worldwide protests.

The controversy also comes at a time of heightened tension on the U of T campus after Jewish student activist group Betar-Tagar and the Arab Students Collective held rival week-long events titled "Know Radical Islam" and "Israeli Apartheid week."


[19-02-2006,00:06]
Anonymous
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In other news, the CSU is on its way to Toronto...
[19-02-2006,01:03]
Anonymous
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U of T sucks ! !

[19-02-2006,12:43]
York Student
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Haha, the CSU is good now. It is not the CSU of old.
Looks like UofT is turning nasty. Good luck with that.

[19-02-2006,14:03]
Anonymous
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Has anyone read about this stuff in the York papers? Their stand is pathetic. I wish York editors had the guts to stand up to jihadists. Good for U of T, it has gone up in my opinion.


[19-02-2006,18:01]
York Student
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Good for UofT.
[19-02-2006,21:22]
Anonymous
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its good that the paper printed the cartoons. I wish they would do the same at Concordia. LOL, Im sure the muslims at UofT are more civil than those at my school. haha!

anyways, UofT should watch out for these fights between the jews and the arabs. It can easily get out of hand and in the end both groups will have realised that their feuds amount to nothing.


[20-02-2006,00:15]
Anonymous
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U of T is going down! Oh yeah, baby!

[20-02-2006,05:21]
Anonymous
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what´s new?
[20-02-2006,06:11]
Anonymous
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I wish jews and arabs would keep their catfights off campus.


[20-02-2006,13:01]
Anonymous



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