Translation: “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing.”
Masked gunmen claiming to “avenge” Mohammed killed 12 people at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satire magazine that made fun of Islamic terrorists.
Claire Berlinski was walking in Paris, when she saw the aftermath of the terror attack.
I also knew from the location just who’d been attacked: Charlie-Hebdo, the magazine known for many things, but, above all, for its fearlessness in publishing caricatures of Mohamed. They’d been firebombed for this in 2011, but their response — in effect — was the only one free men would ever consider: “As long as we’re alive, you’ll never shut us up.”
They are no longer alive. They managed to shut them up.
Here’s more on the murdered editor, cartoonists and writers. Two police officers protecting the office also were killed.
Here’s one of the Mohammed cartoons that Charlie Hebdo published:
Cartoonists have responded to the attack. But is it really true that pencils are stronger than guns?
I like this one.
From fatwa-survivor Salman Rushdie:
Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.
Among the dead are editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb. After the offices were fire-bombed in 2012, he said, “I prefer to die standing up than to live on my knees.”