You have to admire the raw courage of conviction of these guys. And they are from France. Keep in mind, when the Danish cartoons started Muslim riots, very few papers around the world or TV stations had the guts to reprint or show them. Now these guys who did a mockery of Mohamed, A ‘Mochamed’ if you would, had the guts to go ahead and reprint their cover within 24 hours of getting their business firebombed to the ground, presumably by the same people who rioted over the Danish cartoons. More accurately, that are from the same group with the same politics. Namely, Muslims.
Defiance in the face of Islamic supremacist intimidation and thuggery. Bravo. “French paper reprints Mohammad cartoon after fire-bomb,” by Brian Love for Reuters, November 3:
(Reuters) – A French satirical weekly whose office was fire bombed after it printed a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad has reproduced the image with other caricatures in a special supplement distributed with one of the country’s leading newspapers.The weekly Charlie Hebdo defended “the freedom to poke fun” in the four-page supplement, which was wrapped around copies of the left-wing daily Liberation on Thursday, a day after an arson attack gutted Charlie Hebdo’s Paris headquarters.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, which took place hours before an edition of Charlie Hebdo hit news stands featuring a cover-page cartoon of Mohammad and a speech bubble with the words: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.”
The weekly, known for its irreverent treatment of the political establishment and religious figures, bore the headline “Charia Hebdo,” in a reference to Muslim sharia law, and said that week’s issue had been guest-edited by Mohammad.
The incident pits Europe’s tradition of free speech and secularism against Islam’s injunction barring any depictions seen as mocking the prophet. The publication of cartoons of Mohammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 sparked unrest in the Muslim world in which at least 50 people were killed.
While French Muslim groups criticized Charlie Hebdo’s work, they also condemned the fire-bomb attack. The head of the Paris Mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, told a news conference on Thursday: “I am extremely attached to freedom of the press, even if the press is not always tender with Muslims, Islam or the Paris Mosque.”
“French Muslims have nothing to do with political Islam,” he said.
Abderrahmane Dahmane, a Muslim former presidential adviser on religious diversity, said he was not shocked by the Charlie Hebdo front-page and joked himself about the matter.