As a result of Nast's campaign, Tweed was voted out in 1871 and jailed.
The European Cauldron
On Sept. 30, 2005, the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten printed 12 viciously satiric cartoons that mocked the deepest held beliefs of Islam and in effect, implied that all Muslims are violent extremist fundamentalists. It's considered blasphemy in Islam to show images of the Prophet Mohammad. Yet these crude caricatures show him in various situations and outfits, including wearing a bomb for a turban.
In order to proclaim their freedom to publish under right of free speech, newspapers throughout the EU (exception: the U.K.) have reprinted the portfolio.
"GOING ATOMIC OVER A COMIC" screamed the headline across a two-page spread in last Saturday's New York Post, for a story that graphically detailed demonstrations, protests and arson across Europe and the Middle East.
Where Thomas Nast's cartoons dealt with politics, this is about religion, wounding the most deeply felt and emotional depths of a devout believer's inner and private self.
Aren't the Danes—and the European newspapers that reprinted these hurtful cartoons—just as bigoted toward Muslims as the German newspapers of the 1930s were to the Jews, setting the stage for Kristallnacht, the Holocaust and their own destruction by the Nazi war machine?
Have these people no memory? What are they thinking?
Editor & Publisher has pointed out that U.S. newspapers, for the most part, have had the good sense to stay out of the fray by not publishing these deeply offensive images.
One exception: The Philadelphia Inquirer of Feb. 4, 2006, that reproduced the bomb turban cartoon with the following sanctimonious caption:
The Inquirer intends no disrespect to the religious beliefs of any of its readers. But when a use of religious imagery that many find offensive becomes a major news story, we believe it is important for readers to be able to judge the content of the image for themselves, as with the 1987 photograph by Andres Serrano of a crucifix in urine. On that basis we reprint this cartoon.