Folks, there is no easy way out of this.
As long as it’s necessary for police to safeguard a building from being firebombed do to irate Muslims, then the mocking of their religious figures, as distasteful as it is, is paramount and needs to continue and be defended. No one group can be allowed to intimidate others through violence from expressing an opinion. You let it slip here, then free speech is doomed for good.
UPDATE: Charlie Hebdo’s website hacked, via Blazing Cat Fur:
Offices of French magazine that published cartoons mocking Prophet Mohammed guarded by riot police as it plans to release new satirical image
- Charlie Hedbo’s Paris HQ was firebombed last year after it published an issue it claimed had been guest-edited by Mohammed
By PETER ALLEN
PUBLISHED: 00:23 GMT, 19 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:00 GMT, 19 September 2012
Riot police were guarding the offices of a satirical magazine in Paris last night as it prepared to publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.
Charlie Hedbo’s HQ in the French capital was firebombed last year after it published an issue it claimed had been guest-edited by Mohammed.
Despite the attack, it has now decided to print further drawings, including one of the Prophet in a wheelchair being pushed by a Jewish Rabbi.