Controversy over the publication of images depicting Mohammed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten has erupted into an international furor. While Muslim nations are calling for a boycott of Denmark, Europeans are divided as to whether they should stand up for Western principles of freedom of speech, or cave in to to self-censorship in the name of multiculturalism and fear.
While the debate rages, an important point has been overlooked: despite the Islamic prohibition against depicting Mohammed under any circumstances, hundreds of paintings, drawings and other images of Mohammed have been created over the centuries, with nary a word of complaint from the Muslim world. The recent cartoons in Jyllands-Posten are nothing new; it's just that no other images of Mohammed have ever been so widely publicized.
Any self-censorship would be purely out of fear and that is simply wrong! Any religion which strikes mortal fear into people is missing the point of a loving creator God!
I have not seen the images which are causing such offence amongst Muslims, but I do believe that all religions must allow themselves to be made fun of, after all were only human. Equally however, by allowing free speech in such a way, we also retain the right to freely share our faith, even when people might not want to hear it.
For some of the many historical images of Mohammed visit: http://www.zombietime.com/mohammed_image_archive/