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September 19, 2012

Re: 'French Magazine Published Mohammed Cartoons ... France Beefs Up Security Abroad'

Topics: International News, Political News and commentaries


Patrick Brennen calls our attention to Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, having chosen to publish the infamous Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in its most recent issue. As he points out, this is in a long line of blasphemous humor from the magazine: In 2008, they published a satirical "Pope Issue," and in 2011, a "Mohammed issue." Predictably, the former resulted in an unsuccessful court action for inciting hatred, while the latter prompted a fire-bombing of the magazine's offices.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of the story is that, as Brennen notes, while the Obama administration and the rest of the Western world, and to a great extent - many American liberals, are all too happy to concede the principle of free speech in the face of intimidation by the Islamic world (I've added a few words here for clarity), it is very heartening to see the French government, at least in this case, use its resources to defend freedom of expression rather than blame its practitioners.

The French government's statement on the matter unfortunately still insists on registering disapproval of the cartoons, but at least defends the principle of free speech before apologizing for its consequences, as the U.S. government has done repeatedly.
From the BBC report:
Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault reaffirms that the freedom of expression is one of the fundamental principles of our Republic. This freedom is exercised within the framework of the law and under the supervision of the courts when a case is referred to them.

He also reaffirms the principle of laicité [secularism] which, along with the values of tolerance and respect for religious convictions, is at the heart of our Republican Pact.

And this is why, in the current context, the prime minister would like to express his disapproval of any excesses. He urges everyone to demonstrate a spirit of responsibility.

Oh what a far cry from the response of the Obama administration and its blatant disregard for free speech.

Meanwhile, what does the U.S. 'Islamo-Apologist-in-Chief' have to say? He's slamming the French satirical magazine for "publishing cartoons that are critical of the Islamist political movement."

For the benefit of all the Islamists of the world ... all of the original cartoons published in Denmark can be seen here.

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Posted by Hyscience at September 19, 2012 12:56 PM

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