Free speech rocks. لن استسلم
Edit: Viola! I found an image of the actual Hebdo Mo toons page in full:
Click here to read the Google translation of the (French publication) La Figaro’s report.
If any violence occurs in the light of the publishing of these Hebdo Mo Toons, it will prove (once again) one thing and one thing only. There are Muslims who are not fit to live in civilized society, since they do NOT respect basic FREEDOMS. If we all thought and acted like frothing muslims over such things as cartoon offense, chaos would reign. If we all bowed as they demand of us, the west would be transformed into a cluster of Islamic hell holes resembling the 7th century.
As I stated during the Terry Jones Quran burning controversy:
Here’s the scoop people. Even if not one American (or any non-Muslim for that matter) [ever] spoke out against Islam, it would remain hell bent on our destruction.
Freedom is the ultimate enemy of Islam.
Our very existence as a free republic, with a demographic majority of non-Muslims offends Islam. No [other] provocation is necessary.
Not standing up to the Muslim bullies is fueling their fire. Their goal is to have the entire globe submit to Islam. We need a united front. Not yellow bellied, weak kneed appeasing cowards bowing down or pandering apologists. Or the submission will continue down a path that, trust me, no matter how liberal you are –you do not want to take.
It is a dead end road.
Truth is our ultimate weapon.
The new tolerance is to be tolerant of the intolerant. And I’ll have none of it.
If you are aware of any other publications that have published the toons let me know. Islam versus Europe has translations of the captions.
Charlie Hebdo’s website has been down since last night. Server overload or DDoS attack …shrug.
(Reuters) –”We have the impression that it’s officially allowed for Charlie Hebdo to attack the Catholic far-right but we cannot poke fun at fundamental Islamists,” said editor Stephane Charbonnier, who drew the front-page cartoon.
“It shows the climate – everyone is driven by fear, and that is exactly what this small handful of extremists who do not represent anyone want – to make everyone afraid, to shut us all in a cave,” he told Reuters.
BINGO! We have a winner!
Update 2: As a relevant aside, Jyllands-Posten’s Fleming Rose on why he published the now infamous Danish Mo Toons
Has Jyllands-Posten insulted and disrespected Islam? It certainly didn’t intend to. But what does respect mean? When I visit a mosque, I show my respect by taking off my shoes. I follow the customs, just as I do in a church, synagogue or other holy place.
But if a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission. And that is incompatible with a secular democracy.
When a publisher of
requires police protection, our world is seriously effed up.
(NY Times) –
Mr. Charbonnier said the weekly published the cartoons in defense of freedom of the press, adding that the images “would shock only those who wanted to be shocked.”
Gérard Biard, the magazine’s editor in chief, said: “We’re a newspaper that respects French law. Now, if there’s a law that is different in Kabul or Riyadh, we’re not going to bother ourselves with respecting it.”
This week as every other week, Mr. Biard insisted, “We’ve simply commented on the news.” The caricatures are meant to satirize the video that has stirred violence across the Muslim world, he said, and to denounce that violence as absurd.
“What are we supposed to do when there’s news like this?” Mr. Biard asked. “Are we supposed to not do that news?”
In an editorial on Wednesday, Le Monde, France’s newspaper of record, defended the magazine’s right to publish what it pleases, within the limits of French law. But it called the most recent caricatures “in poor taste, or even appalling” and questioned the “sense of responsibility of their authors and editors.”
Mr. Charbonnier [Charlie Hebdo's editorial director] held firm.
“I’m sorry for the people who are shocked when they read Charlie Hedbo,” Mr. Charbonnier said. “But let them save 2.50 euros and not read it. That’s the only thing I have to say.
“They can’t hold us responsible for the closure of the embassies, they can’t hold us responsible for the violence and the deaths,” he said. “We’re not provoking anything.” Religious radicals can use “any pretext to start the fire,” he said.
Original image (now replaced in update) via Blazing Cat Fur