Prophet Muhammad Cartoons… The Point is What?

Making Moslems go ape is kind of a tired bit. I guess the point is to show that Moslems are whiny babies, but everyone pretty much already gets that.

I would say, “they act like they’re brave,” but actually, if they’re getting their offices shot up for doing it, it is brave. I just don’t see the larger statement being made.

It cannot possibly be about defending freedom of speech, in a country where you go to prison for researching the Holocaust.


French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the target of a massacre by Islamist gunmen in 2015, said Tuesday it was republishing hugely controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to mark the start of the trial this week of alleged accomplices in the attack.

“We will never lie down. We will never give up,” its director Laurent “Riss” Sourisseau wrote in an editorial to go with the republication of the cartoons in its latest edition.

Twelve people, including some of France’s most celebrated cartoonists, were killed on January 7, 2015, when brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi went on a gun rampage at the paper’s offices in Paris.

The perpetrators were killed in the wake of the massacre but 14 alleged accomplices in the attacks, which also targeted a Jewish supermarket, will go on trial in Paris on Wednesday.

The cover of the latest Charlie Hebdo issue shows a dozen cartoons first published by the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005 — and then reprinted by Charlie Hebdo in 2006 — which unleashed a storm of anger across the Muslim world.

In the centre of the cover is a cartoon of the prophet drawn by its cartoonist Jean Cabut, known as Cabu, who lost his life in the massacre.

“All of this, just for that,” the front-page headline says.

Its editorial team wrote that now was the right time to republish the cartoons, saying it was “essential” as the trial opens.

“We have often been asked since January 2015 to print other caricatures of Mohammed,” it said.

“We have always refused to do so, not because it is prohibited — the law allows us to do so — but because there was a need for a good reason to do it, a reason which has meaning and which brings something to the debate.”

If the point is, “we will never give up on making fun of you,” then okay.

I’m not against it. Whatever. These people should be made fun of. However, making fun of them in such a context as making fun of them for the sake of making fun of them is difficult to sympathize with, when they could be making fun of them in some more targeted and culturally relevant way.

“Muhammad cartoon” just seems like try-hard cringe-bait for dumb libertarians.