and the stupidity contines…
France Soir said it had published the cartoons to show that “religious dogma” had no place in a secular society.
Under the headline “Yes, we have the right to caricature God”, the paper ran a front page cartoon of Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian gods floating on a cloud.
It shows the Christian deity saying: “Don’t complain, Muhammad, we’ve all been caricatured here.”
…The paper said it had decided to republish them “because no religious dogma can impose itself on a democratic and secular society”.
The global controversy the cartoons have provoked “has done nothing to maintain balance and mutual limits in democracy, respect of religious beliefs and freedom of expression”, it added. [source]
First, the Prophet Mohammad pbuh is a Prophet, not a “god”
Second, I don’t understand. Are these people stupid or just demented? Didn’t they just get over riots in France? Why deliberetly ignite the flame again? In the name of freedom of speech? Or in the name of increasing a newspaper’s circulation? In the name of sensationalism?
This thing is just going to circulate endlessly into a series of push and shove; action, reaction. More Muslims will protest France, then Italy prints them to spite the Muslims and Muslims in turn protest Italy and around and around we go.
To do this just out of spite, just out of thumbing your nose at the Muslim world, well that’s just hateful.
In related news, 17 Arab ministers got together to condemn the cartoons and apparently demand from the government of Denmark that punishments be carried out. Stating…
“The council of Arab interior ministers strongly denounce the offence to Islam and the prophet published in the Danish press and ask the Danish government to firmly punish the authors of these offences,” the statement said.
Secretary General of the Arab League Amr Moussa, who attended the meeting, criticised the European press.
“Why do they talk about democracy and freedom of expression just when the issue concerns Islam?” he asked. “If it concerns other religions the facts will change.”
French Muslim leaders on Wednesday, February 1, denounced in unison the reprinting of a series of explosive cartoons blasphemous to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by a French daily and vowed to take the case to French courts.
Ã¢??We call on French Muslims to peacefully protest this aggression on the Prophet of Islam,Ã¢?Â the French Council for the Muslim Religion (CFCM) said in a statement after a meeting chaired by its head Dalil Boubackeur.
apparently the paper may be using this to get their circulation up after all
The heavily-indebted paper opted for reprinting the blasphemous cartoons to boost its declining sales and shift the attention from strikes staged by its reporters and editors at unpaid salaries and unknown future, sources close to the daily told IOL on condition not to be named.
A group of editors and employees submitted a petition on December 19 to the prime minister to save their paper, which is owned by Egyptian-French Raymond Lakah, from bankruptcy as they faced sacking.
Ã¢??The paperÃ¢??s bankruptcy, no doubt, played a key role,Ã¢?Â said Breze [source]
well now we’re on to something…