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Charlie Hebdo Mohammed cartoons and the aftermath

Charlie Hebdo

Citing they have a legal right to free speech, the French magazine “Charlie Hebdo” published a new round of cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Mohammed after a week of deadly protests by Muslims offended at a 14 minute film that mocks their prophet. The French government has had to shut down schools, embassies and send out riot police to guard the “Charlie Hebdo” offices.

From a CNN article on WPTV’s site, Charlie Hebdo journalist Laurent Leger defends the magazine:

“The aim is to laugh. We want to laugh at the extremists – every extremist. They can be Muslim, Jewish, Catholic. Everyone can be religious, but extremist thoughts and acts we cannot accept,” Leger said.

“In France, we always have the right to write and draw. And if some people are not happy with this, they can sue us and we can defend ourselves. That’s democracy. You don’t throw bombs, you discuss, you debate. But you don’t act violently. We have to stand and resist pressure from extremism.”

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Community Comments

#1 Mike Peterson
September/24/2012
@ 9:06 am

In judging France’s version of “Freedom,” you have to realize that they are a non-religious nation to the extent, for example, that students are not permitted to wear visible religious symbols like crosses or mogen davids to school. This came up a few years ago when they were extending the ban to forbid Muslim girls from covering their heads and Sikh boys from carrying the small knives (even small plastic toy versions) that are mandated by their religion.

So you have more freedom to mock and deride religion in France than you have to profess it.

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