stronger than hate?

Some People May Not Like Charlie Hebdo‘s Cartoon Muhammed And Gay Muslim Kiss

THE SHOT – The latest issue of Charlie Hebdo magazine is “guest edited” by the Islamic prophet Muhammed whose cartoon likeness promises, “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter!” Another page features the magazine’s editor French kissing a Muslim man with the headline: “Love is stronger than hate.” Some Islamic folks do not find such promotional stunts amusing.

It might not surprise you that Turkish hackers left the following message on the magazine’s website: “You keep abusing Islam’s almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech…Be God’s Curse On You! We Will be Your Curse on Cyber World!” The magazine’s office was also firebombed by extremists last week.

No one was injured, but the editor might wanna get a bodyguard—some Islamic folks aren’t so big on cartoon depictions of their prophet.

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  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    Ah…The religion of peace.

  • Mark

    This isn’t exactly what happened from what I’ve read elsewhere. What happened was last week they had the first cover with Muhammad, after which the offices were firebombed and the website was hacked. The gay kiss was the cover for this week’s issue, which was in response to the firebombing and cyber attacks.

  • john

    Mohammed Shmohammed. Who cares… What a pointless religion. Oh, wait – they’re ALL pointless.

  • and the award for distastful goes to...

    I approve so hard.

  • Andrew B.

    Well at least a Frenchman has some balls. Can’t say the same about American publication (Time magazine).

  • MKe

    i’m scared now that i even clicked on this story. please have mercy lol. no its not funny seriously it was an accident i didn’t mean to click on this.

  • Riker

    A quick journalism tip: always lead with your most important or attention-grabbing line. The firebombing should be in the very first sentence, not buried near the bottom of the story. So, for instance, your lede should be “The offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine were firebombed last week after the magazine published…”.

  • the crustybastard

    “Islam’s almighty prophet.”

    Such an effective prophet that he couldn’t foresee that his own failure to clearly designate an heir would create a colossal schism 15 minutes after he croaked it, a schism that’s STILL causing Muslims to kill each other.

    Funny how God never expects his prophets to be celibate, live on charity, and 180° all their previous beliefs. Nope, only the best will do for God’s prophets whose personal interests always seem to coincide precisely with God’s will.

    Remarkable, isn’t it?

  • DALI

    You are so right. In three sentences, you have proven to be a better journalist/blogger than that Daniel Villarreal stunt.

  • Phil

    @Mark: Mark’s right. The newsroom of Charlie Hebdo was bombed after it was announced that Mohammed would be on the front page. The one with Mohammed and a writer from Charlie Hebdo (the one with the yellow background) was published this week, following the bombing.

    It should be noted that Charlie Hebdo is a satirical weekly newspaper.

    Please check your facts before writing!

  • Pascal

    It’s not exactly right. The magazine was bombed and hacked last week after the Allah cover. Then the week after (=today) they responded with that next cover with the gay kiss, showing that “Love is stronger than hate”. It’s pretty ballsy, yes. It should be noted that Charlie Hebdo is always controversial on their covers, and have tackled other religions way more, without such reactions.

    See it explained in French (sorry, please Google translate) here:

  • Mike in Asheville

    @the crustybastard: The Son of God didn’t fare much better — Catholics and Protestants murdering eachother for centuries. Funny how they all seem to have forgotten the 6th Commandment Thou Shalt Not Kill.

  • the crustybastard

    @Mike in Asheville:

    I’m not dogging Muslims in particular for being violently schismatic. HUMANS are violently schismatic.

    I’m just saying it doesn’t take a prophet to foresee that — and Muhammad didn’t, which calls into question his prophetic gifts. That and his unfettered lechery, a la, “God said you should limit yourselves to 4 wives, but God wants me to have…13, including my nephew’s yummy new wife, and that adorable 9-year-old over there.” Yeah, God’s special purpose for me is to be Lord Pussyhound. Prepare for my spiritual deposit, ladies of piety!

    Anyway, Jesus was more a philosopher than prophet, except he did say with certainty the end of the world was so imminent that some of his homies would be alive to see it. When that didn’t happen, the True Believers decided Jesus must’ve been speaking metaphorically. However, if your prophecies are so um, metaphorical as to elude any rational understanding of the plain language, the prophecy is worth less than nothing.

    Unless your God is just a sadistic asshole who likes to make people crazily run amok in moral bewilderment and attack others over simple misunderstandings..which, in fairness, is hardly unprecedented as gods go.

    But does make such a god something to be avoided, rather than encouraged. Moreover, that sort of sadism is precisely what they attribute to High Lord of the Hoary Hosts, so by their own logic, anybody who uses prophecy to create confusion and dissension among the faithful is being manipulated by Satan.

    Religious people don’t really care to have any of that pointed out, though. They can make no room for the possibility that they may have been led very, very far astray.

  • Little Kiwi

    “Turkish Hackers prove their opponents to be correct”

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