In 2005, a cartoon depicting the prophet Muhammad appeared in a Danish newspaper, and quickly spread around the world. The cartoon offended many Muslims, and led to riots and protests. Islamic law opposes any depiction of the prophet Muhammmad.
Now that very cartoon is stirring up a new controversy. Yale University has removed the cartoons from the soon to be released book The Cartoons that Shook the World, fearing retaliation from Islamic extremists. That has drawn criticism from students, a national group of professors, and prominent alumni.
Joseph Cumming is the Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture Reconciliation, which promotes understanding Muslims and Christians. He spoke with Ray Hardman about the cartoons this morning on Morning Edition.