PARIS (AFP)â€” A French magazine, which sparked international protests and saw its offices firebombed after it printed cartoons mocking Mohammed, on Wednesday published a “halal” cartoon biography of Islam’s founder.
The editor of Charlie Hebdo weekly insists that “The Life of Mohammed”, whose cover shows a goofy-looking prophet leading a camel through the desert, is an educational work prepared by a Franco-Tunisian sociologist.
“It is a biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims,” said Stephane Charbonnier, who was also the illustrator of the book which comes complete with academic footnotes.
“I don’t think higher Muslim minds could find anything inappropriate,” said Charbonnier, whose magazine has repeatedly enraged some Muslims with satirical depictions of the prophet, including showing him naked.
He said the idea for the comic book came to him in 2006 when a newspaper in Denmark published cartoons of Mohammed, later republished by Charlie Hebdo, that sparked angry protests across the Muslim world.
In September Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of a naked Mohammed as violent protests were taking place in several countries over a low-budget film, titled “Innocence of Muslims”, which was made in the United States and insulted the prophet.
French schools, consulates and cultural centres in 20 Muslim countries were briefly closed along with embassies for fear of retaliatory attacks.
In 2011 Charlie Hebdo’s offices were hit by a firebomb and its website pirated after publishing an edition titled “Charia Hebdo” featuring several Mohammed cartoons.
Charbonnier, who has received death threats, lives under police protection.
The signatories of this â€œHuman Rights Council Resolution 16/18â€³ are guilty of Â high treason. They need to be exposed and there need to be Nuremberg style trials. Â We cannot allow unelected socialist, Marxist apparatchiks in Brussels to sell our birthright to the soldiers of allah.
The freedom of expression is untouchable.
The quran is â€œincitement to hatred and violenceâ€ and it will be a cold day in hell when I bow to islamic savages, their un-holy quran OR their mad false prophet –desert pirate pedophile Mo.
If muslims wish to revere their satanic overlord Mohammed and his psychosis inspired imaginary friend allah fubar so be it, but the demand that all non-muslims do so –should NEVER be tolerated.
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