One of the arguments making the rounds the past few days is that the Charlie Hebdo murders occurred because the magazine published obscene cartoons. Let me remind you that the Danish Muhammad Cartoons were not obscene, yet the authors have been under threat of death ever since. Recall, that the simple depiction of Muhammad is considered by Islamists to be grounds for murder. Furthermore, if the obscene depiction of any religious figure triggers blasphemy laws, then it's all the more reason to depict those images.
So, next time you hear the "obscene cartoons" canard; take it for what it is ... guano.
As well, let me just toss this in ... if a UK organization had created the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, they'd be in the slammer.
It's with particular irony then, that I link to the Yahoo news release below, which can only bring itself to show a difficult to see Charlie Hedbo cartoon that may contain a satirical image of Muhammad.
Paris (AFP) - This week's three million copies of Charlie Hebdo, the first post-attack issue of the French satirical weekly, will defiantly feature caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, its lawyer said Monday.Essentially, the world's major news organizations adhere to Muslim blasphemy laws.
The special issue, to come out on Wednesday, will also be offered "in 16 languages" for readers around the world, one of its columnists, Patrick Pelloux, said