Yale University Press is refusing to publish cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad in a book about the controversy surrounding cartoons of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
The New York Times reports the book chronicles the Islamic outcry after 12 caricatures of the prophet were published in 2005 by a Danish newspaper. Those protests left at least 200 people dead. The author, Jytte Klausen, is reluctantly accepting the decision. She says: "Muslim friends, leaders and activists thought that the incident was misunderstood, so the cartoons needed to be reprinted so we could have a discussion about it."
Religion scholar Reza Aslan says: "To not include the actual cartoons is to me, frankly, idiotic... this is an academic book for an academic audience by an academic press."
A book about the cartoons… with no cartoons… hmmmm.