I don’t know where anyone could possibly get the idea that Islam teaches violence.
Politicians condemn ‘incursion on press freedom’ after Charlie Hebdo‘s Paris headquarters are torched and website hackedMuhammad cartoon sparks attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.The French government has rushed to the defence of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo after an arson attack on its headquarters as it published an edition featuring a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad on the cover as “guest editor”.The Paris offices of the magazine were gutted after a fire broke out at 1am following reports of a petrol bomb being thrown through a window.
The blaze happened just before the special “Sharia Hebdo” edition hit newsstands on Wednesday morning in what the paper mockingly called a “celebration” of the victory of the moderate Islamist party An-Nahda in the Tunisian elections and the Libyan transitional executive’s comments on Islamic sharia law as a main source of the country’s law. On the front page a cartoon prophet Muhammad said: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!”
Charlie Hebdo’s website also appeared to have been hacked to show images of Mecca.
However, French politicians defended the magazine. The prime minister, François Fillon, said: “Freedom of expression is an inalienable value of democracy and any incursion against press freedom must be condemned with the utmost force. No cause justified violent action.”
I wonder how long the French dhimmis are going to pretend they care about free speech.
Then there is this.
François Hollande, the Socialist presidential candidate, told Le Monde newspaper the incident demonstrated that the struggle for press freedom and “respect of opinions” was a permanent battle, adding that “fundamentalism must be eradicated in all its forms”.
Those fundamentalist Catholics are a real problem in France, or maybe he means the Huguenots.
So far though, French Muslims are comdemning the violent act.
The main representative body of the Muslim faith in France, the French Muslim Council (CFCM), condemned the fire, while its president pointed out that caricaturing the prophet was considered offensive to Muslims. “The CFCM deplores the deeply mocking tone of the newspaper towards Islam and its prophet, but reaffirms with force its total opposition to any act or form of violence,” it said.
Tareq Oubrou, head of the Association of Imams of France, said the attack was “an inadmissible act”. He added: “Freedom is very important. It is nonetheless important to underline the sensitivity of the situation we face today. I call on Muslims to treat this lucidly and not succumb to what they consider provocations regarding their religion … I personally call on Muslims to keep an open mind and not take this too seriously.”
Which is good, so far as it goes. We should also allow for the possibility that some other group is behind this, though given past acts when their prophet is insulted, I suppose the most likely suspect is a radical Muslim.
In any event, here is the offending cartoon.
I guess I would be offended too, if I were Muslim, but probably not enough to bomb the magazine.
Thanks to The Volokh Conspiracy for this.
- Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris Is Firebombed (nytimes.com)
- Attack on French satirical paper (bbc.co.uk)
- Time’s Paris Bureau Chief: Charlie Hebdo Mohammed-Cover Issue “Outrageous, Unacceptable, [and] Condemnable” (volokh.com)
- Prophet Mohammed in cartoons: a history (telegraph.co.uk)