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On the Offensive

The satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, has sold 3 million copies today and another 2 million are being printed to attempt to satisfy demand. This contrasts to the usual 30000 circulation of the magazine. Considering the terrorist attack, last week, was an attempt to silence the satirists I would say to the terrorists, "How do you feel that went for you?"

With regards to the whole depiction of the prophet thing I have often pondered this. I'm sure that someone who knows more about the history of the prophet, and of Islam, will correct me if I'm wrong but the prophet was around in the 7th Century. I'm not a betting man but I would be prepared to risk a tidy sum that there is nobody alive today who saw him. Since then, for approximately 1400 years, it has been forbidden to create images of him. So when someone gets offended at a cartoon that depicts the prophet, exactly how do they know it's him?

It's probably best to get offended just in case!!

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Koalemos wrote on January 14, 2015, 3:00 PM

You are right about the approximate date of Mohammed being the 7th century. The calendar began with his fleeing from Mecca to Medina and I believe this year is 1436 AH.

Zenfive wrote on January 14, 2015, 3:30 PM

Well it's clear its a depiction of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), since drawing of him are thought to have been one of the reasons for the attack, amid other controversial drawings and depictions.

soupdragon wrote on January 14, 2015, 3:53 PM

Whilst it is all very well being defiant, why provoke another attack? In theory we should all be able to express whatever views we like in the name of free speech, but in this volatile climate that's not going to happen. I do worry that more deaths will follow.

kat123456 wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:03 PM

I am glad they have taken a defiant stance. After the recent bow down to terrorists of Sony though I wonder which response is correct. I hope there is an end to this imminently

Janey1966 wrote on January 14, 2015, 4:52 PM

I saw a great cartoon on Twitter earlier more or less saying that only one religion doesn't possess a sense of humour..and we all know who they are. Many of them are defensive over the slightest thing and get uptight about things they shouldn't get uptight about.

WorDazza wrote on January 14, 2015, 5:20 PM

So you let them suppress free speech then? I'm sorry but far too many people have died fighting for our right to free speech to just let any old un-evidenced nonsense go unquestioned and unchallenged because someone might not like what we say!
If we are not careful we, in the West, will tolerate ourselves into oblivion. Any Islamic state would not extend the tolerance we show toward Muslims to anyone else.
Tolerance does not, and should never, mean unquestioning acceptance!

WorDazza wrote on January 14, 2015, 5:30 PM

I think the lack of sense of humour thing has been adequately demonstrated by one of the comments on this post!!!

ison1 wrote on January 14, 2015, 5:45 PM

When I heard the news this morning they were saying that a copy had already reached £800 on ebay

WorDazza wrote on January 14, 2015, 5:49 PM

There is only one correct response and that is to remain defiant in the face of extremism. Let's not forget we are dealing with a small number of nut-jobs who no more represent Muslims than the Ku Klux Klan or the Westboro Baptists represent Christians.

WorDazza wrote on January 14, 2015, 5:51 PM

There's always some grasping idiot looking to profit from any situation.

Kasman wrote on January 14, 2015, 6:20 PM

From what I can find out strictly speaking pictures of the Prophet Muhammed aren't forbidden by the Koran. It is all a matter of interpretation. Islam isn't a one size fits all united religion (just as Christianity isn't) and sections of Islam interpret things in different ways and considering the possible penalties for disagreeing with certain factions your statement 'it's probably best to get offended just in case' is more accurate than you may think for many muslims! Read this:
But all that is by the way. Charlie Hebdo was right to print the cartoon. We must live our lives according to our beliefs (free speech etc.) and not those of any other group or religion.

WorDazza wrote on January 14, 2015, 6:29 PM

I get the impression that many Muslims who were born in the West have absolutely no idea just how lucky they are to be allowed to practise their religion as they see fit. As some of the Western jihadists have found out, life in the caliphate ain't necessarily as advertised!!

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 14, 2015, 11:53 PM

Guy's got a beard - I think - and a hat. Difference between him and Jesus is Jesus never wears a hat. Buddha - so I've heard - couldn't grow a decent beard. Zeus could, as well as Odin. In Hinduism it seems like all the gods are doing their own thing. In Atheism the same. It is absolutely crazy trying to do a cartoon of an atheist. They won't stick to one image.

AsADrivenLeaf wrote on January 15, 2015, 12:06 AM

Lol. I think the satyric tabloid "victimizes" every sect of religion and ideology. It was jihadist terrorists that couldn't accept the target of ridicule and they finally puled the trigger and murdered the artists and journalists.

trufflehunter wrote on January 15, 2015, 1:35 AM

I think the Muslims ought to have accepted how liberal the French press was in the first place before deciding to set up home in France.

DDS1 wrote on January 16, 2015, 7:18 AM

That is a good question. maybe it is based on written descriptions ?

Quinbe wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:01 PM

ha ha - you make a good point there - its like the horrid self portraits of Rembrandt and other ancient artists - they were weird, off center and terrible - yet now priceless - who knows what the profit wold have looked like - did he do a self portrait?

Quinbe wrote on January 16, 2015, 2:02 PM

how do you get our quill to write while i am reading - so very cute??

chrisandmark wrote on January 24, 2015, 6:27 PM

I'm kinda split as to how I feel about Charlie Hebdo really...

DWDavisRSL wrote on July 23, 2015, 8:27 PM

I agree. If Muslims don't want to make pictures depicting Mohammed, then they shouldn't do it. For them to think it is okay to kill non-Muslims who do is absolutely wrong. The world, and especially the current President of the US seems so bent on not offending Muslim sensibilities but no one seems to be willing to speak out about Muslim offenses against the beliefs and practices of the rest of us.