Islam: Religion of terror. In France, Islamic terrorists stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical magazine known for lampooning radical Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, killing at least 12 people.
Witnesses report they heard the Islamic terrorists shouting “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” in Arabic (“Allahu Akbar”)
Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, Stephane Charbonnier, were among those killed in the atrocity.
French media have named the three other cartoonists killed in the attack as Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski, as well as Charlie Hebdo contributor and French economist Bernard Maris.
Salman Rushdie, whose book “The Satanic Verses” prompted Iran’s Ayatollah to issue a fatwa on him in 1989, responded to Wednesday’s shooting attack at the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. His statement:
“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.” –Salman Rushdie
Rushdie is correct. Islamic terrorists must not be allowed to silence criticism of Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Satire mocking Islam and the Prophet Muhammad is not a justification for violence.
The fact that some Muslims are so threatened by cartoons insulting their precious prophet only reveals the poverty of their faith, and their humanity. This was an attack on freedom – freedom of the press, freedom of dissent, freedom from religious superstition and bigotry.
Religion deserves no respect. Islam deserves no respect. The Prophet Muhammad deserves no respect. I stand with Charlie Hebdo. Will you?