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Why the Cartoonist and the Prophet Mohammed Are Crying

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The front cover of Wednesday’s seminal Charlie Hebdo magazine: It was drawn by one of its surviving cartoonists in the wake of the horrific attack which killed 12 at its offices in Paris, France. Next to it is the original Cover that prompted the attack.  The Prophet Mohammed is shown crying because, as shown in his quote, he opposes Jihadist Terrorists murdering .  Terrorists are the problem, not the Muslim Religion nor its People. Murder and the Denial of Free Speech are not the Tools of Winning. SEE  VIDEO…


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  • Julie – Canada said:

    I certainly abide by the views expressed in Why the Cartoonist and the Prophet Mohammed Are Crying because I was so outraged by the entire thing when it happened: outraged by the terrorists, outraged by the lack of respect on the part of the Charlie Hebdo, outraged by the public’s reaction. Here in Montreal, ordinary people having been repeatedly attacking women wearing the hijab, since.

  • Rebecca – Montana said:

    Those at Charlie Hebdo were willing to take the risk to publish something they wanted people to talk about and it could be considered disrespectful when other news papers and media outlets like CNN and the NYTimes decide not to publish the Charlie Hebdo covers. However, you have to look at it from the other side, these establishments could invite the same sort of attack on their journalists. Demanding that these newspapers publish these cartoons even though it may be endanger their lives is also a hard thing to get behind. Also, the cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo are incredibly offensive and blasphemous to an overwhelming amount of people. The freedom of speech means that journalists can decide what they want to say and what they don’t want to say. And both sides have very valid arguments as to why or why not they are going to publish these cartoons.

  • Rebecca - Montana said:

    Before the shooting, Charlie Hebdo was very aware of the threats made against them, and yet they continued to publish what they wanted. This was definitely not the first attack they endured, one of the more extreme incidents occurred in November 2011 when their offices were firebombed, and yet they continued to publish. I think that is the important lesson here, that free speech means you have the right to say whatever you want, but it does not fully protect you against the consequences of your words, and no “rights” or “laws” can do that. Charlie Hebdo, while they offended many with their publications, and continued to say what they wanted. They exercised an incredible honesty that is not seen often in journalism. Those in the media, whether it’s newspapers or independent bloggers, seem to be afraid to step out and say the truth, instead they go with the popular opinion. For example. After the attack on Charlie Hebdo, as many as 128 attacks were carried out against Muslims living in Paris, including 33 different mosques that were vandalized. Strangely, the attack on Charlie Hebdo swept the media, but this drastic increase in violence against Muslims has not. This entire incident says less about our lack of right to free speech, more about our lack of courage to exercise it.

  • Lynette - Puerto Rico said:

    I believe the Parisians are entitled to their freedom of speech and not being silent be this aggressors ,manipulative and violent terrorists to get their point across by taking innocent lives because, they don’t even respect their own.

    That is control by force just like the Venezuelan government forced themselves on the throne without people’s approval. Today the government has chosen to withhold the most simple and basic supplies from their own people forcing them to live in worse conditions and not treating them with the dignity that human being deserves. To me that government is an embarrassment to their own country and people who represent that country. Shame on you government of Venezuela!
    I’m aware they don’t want US getting involved in their business but, government of Venezuela prove to your people what good you can do to your people and their needs and that of the country? To become another Cuba is not the answer either. Such a rich and beautiful country and lost to a group of individuals after their own agenda and own greed.
    Proverbs 29:4
    By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tears it down.
    So, I say there are always consequences to our actions no matter what it is?
    Proverbs 16:18
    Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
    Another, verse used by Abraham Lincoln on 1858 at the Republican State Convention where he was chosen to run as US Senator against his opponent Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and he quoted “A house divided against itself cannot stand” of course, this was in reference to the abolishing of slavery in the states and as a country to be unified. You cannot have two mentalities running the country one being freedom and the other one being slavery? We must choose the one that would bring the most benefit to the country and the people In it for the greater good. That is what is called an unified integrated country moving forward. In this life something good doesn’t last forever. There are always those demanding their ways for selfish reason thus bringing division and chaos. We as citizens of the United States Of America Must Educate ourselves to know who are we really? the candidate you are voting on election day – Google their name and you shall find lots of information as to who they are as a person and life history and what they stand for?

  • Sky - Oklahoma said:

    i think it’s great that nations are standing together against terrorism. But I hate this is turning into a political issue for some folks and it shouldn’t be.

  • Sky – Oklahoma said:

    Dude, that story about the Paris magazine covers was moving and inspiring! Exactly the kind of thing I am all about! I will share this article! I’m going to do so on my FB page just as soon as I can.

  • Char – Maryland said:

    I am in a very unique position on this story. First and foremost, I am a humanitarian and supporter of freedoms but more importantly I have the education and personal experiences that most people are not afforded for in depth understanding. Furthermore, I respect the ideological and sometimes illogical clash of freedoms of which we are currently experiencing. My hope is that recent events will move us in an appropriate direction to figure out where one right ends and another begins without violence, but with the utmost respect. Violence is never the response, whereas education is always the answer.

    Plainly speaking, our world is tough and we need to work to find common ground with all of our brothers and sisters for the sake of humanity. However, a natural casualty of extending one freedom over another are the “little” people. No one is talking about the extended casualty list or wave of repercussions. My everyday heroes are the young girls seeking an education and those working to give an education are put into harms way. My heroes are desperately trying to peacefully work together on the front lines building the bridges of understanding through education, healthcare and other resources in the worlds most impoverished and fought over areas. The stretching of one freedom makes this humanitarian work extremely dangerous and even more difficult when those that wish to express one freedom raises the hair of others, it puts myself and all my everyday heroes in jeopardy. This includes the young girl walking three miles to school and the teacher eagerly waiting under a thatch roof in 110 degree temperatures for her 60 students to arrive. They are my heroes and millions will suffer because the natural consequence of recent events is the setting back of the educational process. It is exactly what the naughty people want, stagnant or one-sided education. But if we keep our most powerful tool in the forefront of all of our minds – education – and respectfully curb our own desire to stretch our personal freedoms of expression then the world can move forward positively. It is a trade-off we learned in Civics 101 for the better of society.

    A cartoon? For what? It is a short sighted use of freedom done with the knowledge that it would most likely incite a response from extremists, albeit not to this level, but ultimately it severely inhibits the long term freedom goals others desperately work towards. Silly, unnecessary and counter productive if viewed from this angle.

    Below is a poem I wrote about girls education. The world needs to remember to never leave us alone in this struggle, but help us win the battle. It is a call to Muslim and non-Muslims to help and find common ground in our similarities and differences without violence but with flexibility and understanding.

    Memory Candle

    Flashes of light rhythmically emit from the three talking lights that pool around the Mickey Mouse shaped puddle of wax; coaxing each other to move with the breeze.

    Mythical scents harken of far off places of pomegranate and persian orange, while exotically laughing hijab friends dressed in muted earth tone colors cover their elaborate personalities and surprising tattoos; casually shopping.

    Never leave one of us alone to struggle, or ever beseech a friend, stranger or enemy into lawlessness, always abet Allah (swt).

    A Sister implores, “Teach the children the true laws of self-respect, human rights and learn by example through reading, writing and happily celebrating.”

    I plead in tandem, “Girls are a gift with song, dance and henna stained hands” that all must raise a voice to say – Ma’shallah!

  • Vick – Rhode Island said:

    it also makes me proud that even after all that has happened they honored their fallen comrades by drawing the cartoon. They up held the beliefs that the paper continues to hold true. More importantly they stood tall and brave and didn’t let fear over take them. The world can be dark at times and a paper in France standing up to a force that lives in the shadows is empowering.

  • Jessica - Michigan said:

    Let me begin by saying, “Thank you for speaking out”. Over the course of my social media interaction, I have befriended several persons of Muslim faith, from countries all over our globe, whether they are Tunisian, Pakistanian, Turkish, Arabian or Nogerian they all have one thing in common…they are gentle faith driven respectful people! In light of the recent attacks, most are aware that the western world does not understand the faith and way of life. It is important that those of us in this world that chose enlightenment and understanding, do not allow misguided judgment of this kind to overtake the truer purpose of communications! ACTS OF VIOLENCE ARE NOTHING NEW…JUST THE ACTS OF THE MISGUIDED. I personally have begun studying the Islamic faith and find no correlation to violence, using the Quran as an excuse to act out hatred on another is in no way living the words of the prophet.

  • Debbie – Kentucky said:

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I will never understand why destructive people do not perceive that each of us is a part of the same world. Nothing else, including religion, ethnicity, politics, etc., matters unless we are willing to use them positively to establish peace and harmony. It may sound like a pipe dream, but it is worth every ounce of energy and compassion that it will take to scratch our way to harmony – and abandon our acrimonious leanings, for good. That doesn’t mean there won’t be problems….we will just solve them differently, effectively. I think we start in two ways: Individually, within our own families, workplaces, schools, etc. And globally, with our leaders re-focusing from personal power and influence to empathy and world vision – not just rhetoric, but for real.

    The greatest responsibility we have as individuals is neighbor helping neighbor, whether it is our next-door neighbor or our continental neighbors across the sea. Most definitely, our world leaders should actually LEAD in this universal resolve. Curing all other social, economic, political, religious and personal ills is possible when peace is the foundation. Those leaders who do not strive for world-wide peace should step aside and let those who truly live to serve the universe inspire and direct the masses. The common person wants to be a productive world citizen, wants to help and wants to be needed. Perhaps these individuals are, and always will be the real leaders. Your publications highlight this truth. Each and every one of us has personal strengths and weaknesses, which together create society. A good leader takes our strengths, promotes them and uses them for the good of the whole. There is no way on earth that causing fear, hurt and suffering is good for anyone, let alone the whole. There is no way that peace and love is bad for anyone. Sounds like a no brainer to me.

    Thank you for your magazine, your valiant efforts, Alex. Your work is already leading the way…..

  • Vick – Rhode Island said:

    I’ve been following the story closely and it makes me proud to see that your magazine did a piece on it. It falls to all journalists to be unbiased and objective to all point of views and sides of any debate or issue. Which is something that over the years I feel like many writers have lost….. Journalistic integrity.

  • Anonymous – Hawaii said:

    Alex… the french attack was a false flag, pure and simple. It had all the footprints and earmarks of one all over it – esp the fact that the “murderers” were in turn killed quickly so there would be no trial. I need go no further. The attack had nothing to do with free speech, but was about increased surveillance, jewish oppressors, the mossad, CIA, and more controls over the populace.

  • Crin – Michigan said:

    What it boils down to is this: if those guys had the right to say whatever they wanted with total disregard to the whole culture, the whole culture has the right to respond back. It is too bad they chose such a crude way of expressing their feelings, but they should have the right to speak also.

    France is not so big on the freedom of speech. Actually they remind me of Henry Ford: “Customers may have any color as long as it is black”.

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