From ‘theÂ torture never stops’ departmentÂ
The cartoons drew a link between Islam and terrorism? Really? Wasn’t it Osama bin Laden who did that? Or maybe it was Khomeini, who said, “Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you!…There are hundreds of other [Koranic] psalms and hadiths [sayings of the prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all that mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.” Or maybe it was the Qur’an itself, which tells Muslims to “strike terror into the hearts of the enemies of Allah” (8:60).
“French editor back in court over prophet cartoons,”
PARIS, January 23, 2008 – The editor of a French weekly, acquitted last year on charges of offending Muslims for reprinting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in February 2006, appeared before an appeal court on Wednesday.
Philippe Val, who edits the satirical Charlie Hebdo weekly, was sued by two Muslim organisations who argued that the cartoons, first printed by a Danish newspaper, drew an offensive link between Islam and terrorism.
A Paris court ruled in March last year that two of the cartoons were absolutely not offensive to Muslims and that in the case of the third, the context of its publication made clear there was no intention to offend.
*Â What an absurdity: courts ruling about what offends Muslims and what doesn’t. Why not instead uphold the principle of freedom of speech? Abandoning it leads inevitably to these tragicomic scenarios.