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Anglicans in Wales apologize for cartoon

March 21, 2006 at 11:51 AM   |   Comments

CARDIFF, Wales, March 21 (UPI) -- The Anglican Church in Wales has apologized to Muslims for a church publication that featured a copy of a cartoon considered blasphemous to Islam.

Sion Brynach, spokesman for the Archbishop of Wales, Dr. Barry Morgan, said the church was investigating how the cartoon came to be reproduced in the Y Llanmagazine, which means "The Church."

He said a letter from Morgan had been sent to all 400 subscribers to the magazine requesting that they return all copies. Morgan has also apologized to the Muslim Council of Wales for any offence caused, ICWales reported Tuesday.

The cartoon accompanied an article about the shared ancestry of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, and showed the Prophet Mohammed sitting on a cloud with Buddha and Christian and Muslim deities.

Mohammed is being told: "Don't complain ... we've all been caricatured here."

Depictions of the prophet are forbidden in Islam, and international protests over the cartoons first published in a Danish paper last autumn escalated after the images were republished in Europe earlier this year.

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