French magazine firebombed in response to satire of Prophet Muhammad

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Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine, decided to mark the election of an Islamist party in Tunisia by renaming itself “Sharia Hebdo” and saying that the Prophet Muhammad would be guest editor. Although no one was hurt, the late-night attack destroyed everything the magazine needs to publish. Besides the firebombing, the magazine’s website was hacked with messages condemning it for disgracing Muhammad. “The arsonists haven’t read this paper, nobody knows what’s in the paper except those who buy it this morning. People are reacting violently to a paper without knowing anything of its contents, that’s what’s most abhorrent and stupid,” says editor Stephane Charbonnier. The magazine had received some threats and protests about the issue, but not as many as in 2007 when it republished Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad.

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  • Anonymous

    Of course, the magazine had more courage than the New York Times, which made up some ridiculous rationale to cover up its cowardice and PC perspective, or Yale University, which published a whole book about the cartoon but somehow found it unnecessary to display the cartoon.

  • Bill Reader

    A “civilized” culture is one that recognizes that being offended by the utterances of ‘others’ is a very small price to pay for freedom. Terrorism against free speech — whether a fire-bombing or a bureaucratic witch-hunt or political-correctness taken too far — is the persistent threat to true civilization.