Posted by: becketfund | September 22, 2008

Iraq: Lawmakers Condemn Suicide Bomber Cartoon

BAGHDAD – Lawmakers have voted to sue al-Isbouiyah, an Iraqi magazine, for running a cartoon depicting a female suicide bomber in a pose like the Statue of Liberty, her raised arm holding a lit bomb fuse instead of a torch, the AP reported on September 22.  According to the lawmakers, the publication damages the image of Muslim women.  The magazine has argued that the cartoon is meant to condemn al-Qaida in Iraq and should be protected under freedom of expression laws enshrined in the Iraqi Constitution.  Sunni extremists have increasingly turned to women to carry out suicide attacks.

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