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French Paper Re-Prints a Mohammad Cartoon After a Firebomb Attack for Printing The First One

Okay this is just awesome, Basically this is what happened: A French publication called the Charlie Hebdo printed a magazine with a cover page cartoon of Mohammad and a speech bubble with the words: “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.” Naturally, several people got mad, they went up to the headquarters located in Paris and they caught the place on fire.  Following the firebombing attack, Charlie Hebdo’s authors moved temporarily into the offices of Liberation. The two publications jointly produced Thursday’s supplement, which reproduced the Charlie Hebdo cartoon in an article on the back page. The reason they did this was because they want to defend their freedom of speech.

One headline in the supplement said: “After their office blaze, this team defends the ‘freedom to poke fun’.” The new cartoon they reprinted on Thursday included several new drawings by Charlie Hebdo cartoonists. In one, a prophet-like figure tries to restrain his billowing robes in a pose reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe as a draft blows up from Charlie Hebdo newspapers below him. Another shows an airborne firebomb with a face in the flames and the caption, “So, is this how you see the prophet?”

If you remember anything about why this is a huge deal,  the publication of cartoons of Mohammad in a Danish newspaper in 2005 sparked unrest in the Muslim world in which at least 50 people were killed. Ever since that incident, no one has had the guts to do the same thing. Not even South Park. So the French pulling off the same stunt, twice in a week is kind of a big deal. Now that the French are doing it, I wonder when South Park is going to step up to the plate? Via: Reuters