Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Charlie Hebdo: French Mag to Publish Cartoons of Prophet Mohammed

A French satirical magazine is set to publish several cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on Wednesday, a move that is likely to inflame the Islamic faithful and militants who have already rioted in more than 20 countries over a movie mocking the prophet.

Depictions of the prophet are strictly prohibited and considered blasphemous by Muslims. Cartoons of Muhammad published in Denmark in 2005 and then reproduced in newspapers across Europe triggered riots throughout the Mideast and Africa. Churches and embassies were torched and at least 100 people died in the outbreaks and police crackdowns.

The magazine “Charlie Hebdo” has confirmed that it will publish the cartoons, but has not revealed what they will depict. French newspaper “Le Monde” reports that some of the cartoons show the prophet in “particularly explicit poses,” without providing any further detail.

The move comes as Muslims are still simmering after riots in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and nearly 20 other countries over the move “Innocence of Muslims.” U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died during an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

French government ministers have criticized the magazine’s decision and police in Paris have stepped up security around its offices.

France is home to Europe’s largest Muslim population, and the senior cleric at Paris’ biggest mosque has appealed for followers to remain calm, according to the French news agency AFP. more

Thoughts: While most who are thick in the head scream, "Free speech, free speech!" whenever they want to snipe at someone else, the truly intelligent will realize there is a fine line between expressing one's opinion and deliberately agitating / trying to hurt another, to which anger and violence is the obvious result, especially if something emotional and important is at stake. 

The truly intelligent will also notice that the people who scream, "Dirty Muslims, they're all violent! They're all X! They're all Y! Evil! Let's kill 'em all!" are usually the ones who hide behind their computer screens and tend to spew their vitriol anonymously. They'll never actually do anything because they're cowards and too afraid to. 

It's easier to type than do.

Contrast that to the Muslims who, right or wrong, at least stand up for themselves when people trample on them. When was the last time Americans did such a thing? Is a single person in the entire Western World getting the point of all this? 

300 million Americans. 100 million guns. Is there a single upstart rebel among them? Is there a hero or a leader or a patriot among them?

Even Ron Paul now seems to fold like origami when he gets defeated. Why?

Patriots don't hum and haw or wave a flag. Patriots reload. (And according to one astute reader, they learn to grow their own food and cook. Fair enough.)

Do Muslims need to start drawing cartoons of Americans, Canadians, French, British, and other Westerners to start getting them emotional and off their fat behinds and into the trenches? 

Are you a patriot? 

Prove it.