UNDAUNTED by the November 2 attack on its offices – and threats of having “God’s curse” on it – French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has produced another cover bound to fire up swivel-eyed Islamic fanatics.
The latest cover declares “Love is stronger than hate” and depicts a Muslim man and a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist engaged in some heavy French-kissing.
The American site Gawker, under the headline World’s Ballsiest Magazine Puts a Gay Muhammed on its Cover, predicts:
This is not going to end well.
Charlie Hebdo received a gift of a Molotov cocktail, which totally gutted its editorial offices, after publishing an edition “guest edited” by the “Prophet” Mohammed. The cartoon had Big Mo saying:
100 lashes if you are not dying of laughter.
The magazine’s website hijacked after the attack by Turkish hackers, who left a threatening message reading:
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!
Despite Gawker’s headline, The Guardian – which, like most mainstream UK publications – did not reproduce either of the “offensive” covers, insists that:
There is no suggestion that the character on the magazine cover is Muhammad.
The paper also pointed out that after the firebombing, French Muslim groups who had been highly critical of Charlie Hebdo condemned the destruction of its offices. Dalil Boubakeur head of the Paris Mosque, told journalists:
I am extremely attached to the freedom of the press, even if the press is not always tender with Muslims, Islam or the Paris Mosque.
Hat tip: Name Withheld