Charlie Hebdo angers Vatican with a murderous God cartoon

Charlie Hebdo angers Vatican with a murderous God cartoon January 6, 2016

The Vatican has accused the French satirical magazine of insulting religious people of all faiths by portraying God as a as a gun-toting terrorist on an anniversary cover.
The Guardian reports that the Vatican’s newspaper, Osservatore Romano, this week slammed the cover of an issue published to mark the first anniversary of a terrorist attack on the publication’s offices in which 12 people died.
A million copies of the special edition hit France’s newsstands today with a cover featuring a bearded man representing God with a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder, accompanied by the text:

One year on: the assassin is still out there.

In a commentary, the Vatican daily said treatment of religion in this manner “is not new” – and stressed that religious figures have repeatedly condemned violence in the name of God.

Behind the deceptive flag of uncompromising secularism, the weekly is forgetting once more what religious leaders of every faith unceasingly repeat to reject violence in the name of religion – using God to justify hatred is a genuine blasphemy, as pope Francis has said several times.

The commentary added:

In Charlie Hebdo’s choice, there is the sad paradox of a world which is more and more sensitive about being politically correct, almost to the point of ridicule, yet does not wish to acknowledge or to respect believers’ faith in God, regardless of the religion.

The special edition marks a year since brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi burst into Charlie Hebdo’s offices in eastern Paris and killed 12 people, including eight of the magazine’s staff.
The attack on January 7, 2015, claimed by al-Qaida’s branch in the Arabian Peninsula, came after a 2011 firebombing of its offices that forced it to move premises.
Its staff had also been under police protection since it published cartoons of the “prophet” Mohammed in 2006.
A week after the Charlie Hebdo attack, Pope Francis condemned killing in God’s name but warned religion could not be insulted. “To kill in the name of God is an absurdity,” Francis told reporters on the papal plane on an Asian tour.
While defending freedom of expression, he also cautioned “each religion has its dignity” and said:

There are limits. If a good friend speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to get punched, and that’s normal. You cannot provoke, you cannot insult other people’s faith, you cannot mock it.

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  • Newspaniard

    “…You cannot provoke, you cannot insult other people’s faith, you cannot mock it…” Oh, yes I can. What are you afraid of? Will your gods strike me down? I don’t think so.

  • L.Long

    The picture is gawd?? All I see is a crazy bearded dude with a gun wearing a dress! Hell is this is a picture of gawd then that makes every ISIS male a picture of gawd…crazy bearded dude with a gun wearing a dress.
    Who says gawd has a beard? OH! Right! the towering example of truth…the buyBull! But it aint quite right as the buyBull also says gawd is homely with curly red hair! So the dimwit pope is stretching to make this gawd!
    “To kill in the name of God is an absurdity,”
    So -to do good in the name of gawd is an absudity?!?!?!
    “There are limits. If a good friend speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to get punched, and that’s normal. You cannot provoke, you cannot insult other people’s faith, you cannot mock it.”
    PURE BS!!!! It actually shows that you are an out of control easily angered ahole!!!

  • sailor1031

    “To kill in the name of God is an absurdity,”
    Tell that to the albigensians, to the Mennonites, to the jews, to all the victims of the inquisition, to the hurons, to the aztecs, to all those murdered by the actions of RCC Inc.
    Yeah I know, I know – “it’s OK when WE do it. We ‘re doing it for doG”. Oh wait…..

  • Lurker111

    God Himself did plenty of killing. Here’s a link that deserves periodic re-posting:

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  • Peter Sykes

    “genuine blasphemy”

  • barriejohn

    “I kept looking Until thrones were set up, And the Ancient of Days took His seat; His vesture was like white snow And the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with flames, Its wheels were a burning fire.” (Dan. 7:9)
    As JHWH told the men not to trim their beards I suppose we must assume that he has a flowing beard himself – growing for all eternity!

  • Angela_K

    “..reject violence in the name of religion..” But if religious followers do this they are going against their religion; all religious text are full of violence so by not following their religion to the letter, they cannot be true Christians/Catholics/Muslims/Jews.

  • Rob Andrews

    RE: Papal Comment”
    There are limits. If a good friend speaks badly of my mother, he can expect to get punched, and that’s normal. You cannot provoke, you cannot insult other people’s faith, you cannot mock it.
    Allright one could say that sound at least understandable, in a way. But what were the people in the cafe doing the same time C. Hebdo, was being attacked. Who were they insulting?
    Remember them?

  • Lucy1

    Sounds like an abusive partner. ‘You can’t disagree with me, or not do as you are told within deserving a punch.’

  • Bill

    Mockery is a potent weapon but only against those who are so insecure they are threatened by it.
    Mockery is FREE SPEECH. Mockery is HEALTHY. Mockery makes people GROW UP.
    And don’t forget how recent it is that the rcc would simply eliminate those who mocked them or threatened them by sharing scientific facts.
    The rcc has lost its power of censorship. Islam will follow when the muslim world has been totally wrecked and smashed by the violence of muslims against the wrong kind of muslims. Let the Shias and Shites battle it out in holy war for all I care. Let them beggar and smash this countries … that is the only way they and we will be rid of and be freed from their religious leaders.

  • Laura Roberts

    The Vatican has responded appropriately in this case. Not their argument, which is horse shit in so many ways as people have already pointed out — but they’re using arguments rather than violence to make their case. Violence is the tool people use when they’re too lazy or too stupid to articulate an argument. The Vatican may have nothing but silly arguments to draw upon, but at least they’re trying.

  • AgentCormac

    ‘…the weekly is forgetting once more what religious leaders of every faith unceasingly repeat to reject violence in the name of religion…’
    Bit rich coming from the same bunch of thugs who, over the centuries, tortured and murdered thousands in the name of their paricular deity. Also a bit bloody rich given how many ‘leaders of faith’ openly advocate violence in the name of religion.

  • Cali Ron

    Utter hypocrisy. The history of the RCC is dripping with blood.
    If a good friend of mine spoke badly about my mother I would defend my mother, chastise him for his rudeness and possibly cease to be his friend. I most definitely would not respond with violence. What a pathetic example. Shows how out of touch the RCC hierarchy is with the real world.

  • L.Long

    @Barriejohn ANOTHER contradiction… I do not have the reference but it is in the OT … I have seen gawd and you look like him..and he is talking to a dude that has homely face and curly red hair.
    When I find the reference I’ll add it.

  • barriejohn

    Contradiction? Shome mishtake, shurely!
    “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: ‘For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.’” (Genesis 32:30)
    “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.” (Exodus 33:11)
    “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live.” (Exodus 33:20)
    “No one has seen God at any time.” (John 1:18)

  • Cali Ron

    The dictionary definition of contradiction should just say “See bible”. I recently found this website that documents hundreds of bible contradictions:
    Here’s a nice pair of contradictory verses:
    Isaiah 2:4 “. . . and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”
    Joel 3:9-10 “Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.”
    I tried to find my favorite, but there are just to many to chose from.

  • L.Long

    Here you go Berriejohn…..In this verse, Jacob is talking to his brother Esau when he says this:
    I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God. KJV: Genesis 33:10
    To see your face is like seeing the face of God. NIV: Genesis 33:10
    Now this is coming from a guy who (just a few verses ago) saw God face to face. So he should know. And he says that God looks just like Esau.
    Luckily, the Bible describes Esau’s appearance. He was all red and hairy.
    And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. Genesis 25:25
    Esau was so hairy, in fact, that Jacob (with his mother Rebekah’s coaching) stole his father Isaac’s blessing by putting goat skin on his hands and neck so he would feel like Esau to his dear old, nearly blind and dying, dad.
    And Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man… And Rebekah … put the skins of the kids of the goats upon his hands, and upon the smooth of his neck… And he came unto his father, and said … I am Esau thy first born. Genesis 27:11-19
    So Esau was red and hairy all over his body. And God (according to a guy who had seen them both many times up close and personal) looks just like him.
    (Which is kind of strange, since God hates Esau.)
    So now we know what God looks like.
    Unless, of course, Jacob was a liar.
    (Which he was. That’s why God like him so much.)

  • barriejohn

    L.Long: Christians (& Jews) love Jacob because he is a rogue who came good in the end. He wrestled with God and “prevailed”, so God smote his hip and gave him a limp for the rest of his life so that he didn’t get above himself! Christians try to “spiritualize” this so that it acts in some way as an illustration of how prayer works (though I could never fathom that out for myself), and refer to him wrestling with an angel, or even a “Christophany”, but it’s obvious from the context that the “man” was God. These are great stories about great characters, like the pantheons of Egyptian and Greek gods and heroes, and should be treated similarly – not as records of historical events that involved real people.

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  • John

    As far as the conflict between Sunnis and Shias is concerned, this is being promoted indirectly by the US, Israel and a number of “western” powers, with the active participation of the Saud and Erdogan gangsters in Turkey.
    It may be possible to gain some sort of satisfaction from the prospect of them all killing one another but don’t forget that that is why more than 1 million refugees have ended up in Germany, an EU country. Over time, they will also gain the legal right to come here, work here and live here. The present problem in Iraq and Syria then becomes our problem for ever.
    I am not at all sanguine about such a prospect, especially after the behaviour of many of the young migrants in Germany on New Years Eve.