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Je-Suis-Charlie 2French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo isn’t letting the recent terror attacks deter its freedom of expression.

The next cover of the magazine has been unveiled, and it features a drawing of Prophet Muhammad holding up a sign that reads “Je suis Charlie.”  The tagline on the cover “Tout Est Pardonne” means “all is forgiven,” Daily Beast reports.

The magazine is planning to release three million copies of the new issue.

Photo Credit: Charlie Hebdo/The Daily Beast

59 Comments

  1. honey

    January 13, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    How do they know how Mohammed looks like? Dem don see him before? Even Muslims dont draw his pictures, neither do they claim to know how it looks like

    • C'est moi

      January 13, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      You see Jesus before?

    • Mohammad

      January 13, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Helep me ask am o! You don see Jesus before?

    • newbie

      January 14, 2015 at 9:48 am

      Actually, I asked the same question. I also ask the question of all the depictions of Jesus (most of which I think are inaccurate, btw, Jesus was not white).

    • jake ro

      January 13, 2015 at 5:41 pm

      You sound like a muslim.whatever.

  2. SS

    January 13, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    in as much as I condemn the act of the wicked terrorist, I also condemn the act of this Charlie hebdo mag. if they do not want Prophet Mohammed SAW mocked by their religion, they should let it be, why go again and still make it the magazine cover, this would infuriate them more ,they don’t care, they are ready to die…why still go ahead and make the cover?

    • Su

      January 13, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      To let them know that THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION!!!! and they are not scared or deterred by the islamic terrorists! SS the condemner! Grow a spine. This is the heart a lot of people should have, even when you are struck at the lowest point, come back even harder especially when you have a right!

    • a.new.me.abeg

      January 13, 2015 at 6:12 pm

      But when is freedom of speech NOT HATEFUL SPEECH? Why can’t teachers, employers refer to blacks as nigga in a satirical way? BECAUSE IT IS HATEFUL. If you are culturally insensitive or religiously intolerant, how can you expect others to be? The West wants Muslim to be tolerant of other religions, but mocks them at will and insensitive to their religion. They are both wrong.

    • amaa

      January 14, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      The Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam has said Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilisations can ‘f*** off’.

      Ahmed Aboutaleb, who arrived in the Netherlands aged 15, spoke out in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week.

      Appearing on live television just hours after the shootings, Mayor Aboutaleb said Muslims who ‘do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave’

      Read more: dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2907941/Moroccan-born-mayor-Rotterdam-tells-fellow-Muslims-not-appreciate-freedoms-living-West-pack-bags-f-live-TV.html#ixzz3OnXzsj8P
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    • Mohammad

      January 13, 2015 at 11:50 pm

      Religion (of all kinds) have been the greatest force of evil in the history of mankind. The influence of religion needs to be curbed in the public sphere

  3. kenitola

    January 13, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    he he, have been expecting it you know. Enough of all this bloodshed in the name of the holy prophet. Haba.

  4. Realness

    January 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    3 million copies? ok.

    realnessisme.blogspot.com

  5. ngozi

    January 13, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I agree that terrorism is wrong, and no man should die over a cartoon magazine, but i think it was wrong to mock someone’s religion and their leader, going as far as saying hes gay? what happen to respecting peoples religion? pls that’s not freedom of speech in my opinion. the west likes to blame everything on freedom of speech.. smh.. RIP to the victims sha.

    • Leah

      January 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      The likes of you need to shut up the hell and pay attention. Your little comment is very much indeed in support of the terrorists. If “mocking their religion” is the reason this time, why don’t you come up with a reason for what Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria, how about excuses for the evil Isis, Taliban, Al qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and hundreds of terrorist groups are doing all over the world. EVERY single one of those groups are from one particular religion, Islam. Do you think that other religions don’t get mocked? How many other religion in the 21st century trying enforce their believes on others through violence?
      This is about people standing up against the evil religion, it’s evil teachings and followers. They commit these atrocities in the name of their god and prophet. A religion where evil old men hide out in caves and 12 years olds are strapped with bombs to blow up themselves and their people. Their religion is a joke and should be mocked. The rest of the world should never succumb to their ideology. The only thing “wrong” here is the mentality of people like you, who think that freedom of speech and expression should be dictated by religion.

    • Salma

      January 13, 2015 at 7:23 pm

      you are hateful and spiteful and people like you who come on blogs to blow hot air are usually the most ignorant ones. What do you know about islam? You have been brainwashed by the media. I ask ALLAH for one thing, to grant me the sweet joy of seeing the shock on your face when you realize that He is not a god and that He is indeed God. Feel free to lash back and use your hate filled words at me, you are a small ignorant petty person who comes on blogs to sound important. and I pray you educate yourself before it’s too late. Our religion, Islam , will never be wiped out, pray all you want. It wasn’t created by you or anyone else but by the one true God.Real muslims abhor terrorism and are every bit affected by it. Who are those suffering in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan etc? Your entire post is the most un Christian spew of hate I’ve ever read and I hope for your sake you are an atheist. Pls educate yourselves and stop being an ignorant media stooge. Islam is peace. Muslims abhor violence and terrorism but until people like you stop being media stooges you will go ahead and pass on what they have spoon fed you!

    • a.new.me.abeg

      January 13, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      WOW. What is the saying that Ghandi proposed? Be the change you want to see in the world. I do not condone violence of any kind, whether with words or with guns. In my book, the people at Charlie were equally as violent.

      Words and the power of it, transcends generations. These so called bombers you see are reacting to a White supremacist ideology that advocated for their inferiority for not one decade, but for many centuries.

      The situation in Nigeria is sad. A sad case. I am not for what the Muslims do or people hiding behind Islam do to enact violence. I do not agree. I jubilate for the punishment they received. Or in Nigeria, they will receive.

      But if you want to promote religious tolerance to a group that is already devoid of religious tolerance, you will not gain it by being religious intolerant. That is my argument.

    • Tee

      January 13, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      @leah. God bless you. Many people don’t understand freedom of religion or speech. You know how many times they’ve said nasty things about christains ? Christains don’t go around bombing in the name of Jesus. And yes there is freedom of speech, you should NEVER stand down in the name of being bullied. You should always speak up for your rights and what you believe in , they are sending a message to the Muslims involved in terrorism in the name of religion that no matter how many times they wanna kill and do crazy stuff. The same way Americans produced the movie about North Korea and decided to release despite the hack. As Americans say, you do not negotiate with terrorists.

    • Leah

      January 13, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      @ Salma, this is exactly my point, muslims like you who only show outrage when people like me point out your evil religion. Notice how my comment makes me “spiteful and hateful” but you don’t have similar words for your brothers who slaughter innocent men, women and children on daily basis. What God sits back and watches the blood shed of innocent children, so that his will may be imposed on unbelievers? If I publicly put out a false advertisement of my company, I will expect to be fired and there would be a swift retraction from the company. If your god was the true and all powerful, why is so much evil committed in his name? Islam is NOT a religion of peace and ‘fatwa and ‘jihad’ are not some terms some muslims miss understand, they are directly derived from the text and teachings of Islam.

      Don’t you have better things and problems of your own to ask your allah, than my misery and condemnation? You are promised heaven and everything else that comes with it, why does that not make you people happy? That is the problem with you people, it is not enough that you believe in your stupidity, but I must believe in it and so does the rest of the world.
      I do not believe in any God simply because there is no evidence to prove that it exists. But I am not trying to enforce that on you or anyone else. I will match and fight for your right to believe in what ever you want to, why can’t you do the same. Boko Haram is slaughtering innocent Nigerians by the thousands because they want to enforce sharia law in a Country where people practice different religions. Where is the outrage from your side saying, this is not the teachings of our prophet? Because IT IS. I think it is a petty there isn’t a hell for you people to go to.

    • Kaosara

      January 13, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      Tafsir of Chapter 109: Surah Al-Kafirun (The Disbelievers)
      In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
      Say: “Oh, you who disbelieve!
      “I do not worship that which you worship,
      “Nor do you worship That Which I worship.
      “Nor will I worship that which you have been worshipping,
      “Neither will you worship That Which I worship.
      “To you your religion and to me mine.”

      The Prophet Muhammed S. A. W himself proclaims in the Surah above, that each and everyone is free to worship whoever they wish to worship. Regardless of what you think or may have assumed about Islam, it still remains a religion of peace despite the minority who choose to kill allegedly in the name of Islam or the Prophet Muhammed S. A. W. Please name a religion which doesn’t have it’s flaws. I am a Muslim and I condemn the acts of these extremists.

    • ekalor

      January 14, 2015 at 8:46 am

      For a Christian LEAH, you are soooo disrespectful… “Their god” really…
      Your comments on this site have always being biased and prejudiced… You take time out to write spiteful things without doing your research….

      Again, I ask if everyone one you meet treats you with disdain over what your name means and stands for, what would be your answer… the one that was Jacob was forced/deceived into marrying….

      The answer is exactly what my reaction is; a few bigots in my religion cannot stand for or erode what my beliefs are. I pray and GOD clearly answers my prayers. I see the sign of GOD in my life, without a doubt GOD loves me and everyone else who is like me. Enough of you trying to make it seem like Muslims are unworthy, enough ALREADY…

      As for the BH in Nigeria, I believe you should hold the right people accountable, the Gov. & Security Agencies: their complacency is the reason for BH thriving, nothing more
      Always remember: Freedom of Speech & Expression does come with responsibilities…

      P. S Before you go off again on one of your baseless tirades: everyone in my family attended Christian universities.
      I do not condone what was done

    • papermoon

      January 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Ngozi, imagine someone comes to your house and kills you because they dont like this comment you made on BN, how would you feel? what happened in Charile Hebdo must be condemned so you, Ngozi can come here and make comments without fearing that someone will kill you for it. if some one writes what you dont like, write back! #JE SUIS CHARLIE#

    • FedUpFemi

      January 13, 2015 at 8:28 pm

      Whether it was right or wrong the bottom line is that people cannot go around killing people because they say things which offend them. This is the very essence of freedom of expression. Its worrying that people sympathise with the victims yet in the same breath still lambaste the cartoonists for mocking Islam…that is beside the point. Islam is not the only religion in the world…I am a Christian and I get offended when people take my Lord and Saviour’s name in vain. That does not give me the right to kill those who offend me.

      We live in a free world and that means that we all have to be tolerant of others and accept that not everybody shares the same beliefs nor is anyone obligated to hold the same things sacred…..get over it

      Muslim extremists need to get over themselves….they are not the only religious people in the world…I am even tired of Muslims as a whole…they are too sensitive.

  6. Yayi boni

    January 13, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    These people are rude…. They are not afraid to die. They are also jihadists… Chai

  7. bruno

    January 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION. I dont think many of you he-goats have heard of it before.

    they just want muslims to do their worst.

  8. jake ro

    January 13, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    You are on your right mr Hebdo.There are other religions in this world , but, I keep asking , why are they this way.?why so much blood shed?if those people are really wrong , then , let them await judgement on that day.it is only GOD that has the right to judge and punish.

  9. nii

    January 13, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    i think the muslim ‘terrorist’ should just create a mag cover using Jesus’s cartoon as gay and maybe him fu**ing another guy on the back page. lets see if that would be considered, ‘freedom of expression’.

    • jane

      January 13, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      the ironic thing is that charlie hebdo magazine already made that cover,google it.
      Freedom of expression is okay but should not curtail or disrespect the rights of others. I dont even know why mocking people’s beliefs is okayed,its wrong.

    • som

      January 15, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      what is your own? The battle is mine, says the Lord. The God i serve is all powerful, so i leave clueless people to Him to decide what to do with them. Jesus came and died. HE WAS ABUSED, STONED, SPAT ON, FLOGGED, CHASED, RIDICULED AND HE STILL LOVED THE PEOPLE WHO DID THIS TO HIM. Thats one of the reason he died. He even said, you (and you and you condemning these terrorists ) IF YOU TRULY LOVE ME WILL BE PERSECUTED FOR MY SAKE! why do we read the bible one sidedly? We take only the part that agrees with our sensitive constitution and then ignore the rest. Leave your various Gods to fight their battles. The God i serve, the Omnipotent told me to preach firstly LOVE which covers a multitude of sins. If you refuse to obey my God, i wont force his doctrine down your throat!

  10. NagosBigBoi

    January 13, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    Freedom of expression does not mean you should scream “fire” in crowded theater. Your backside will end up in jail if someone gets hurt from your expressing yourself that way. There are limits to it.
    Granted the limits do not apply in this case, but what about respect for the other guys religion?

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 14, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Thank you!

  11. papermoon

    January 13, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    JE SUIS CHARLIE

  12. I am NOT Charlie

    January 13, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    “Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile,” Khadr wrote. “Baiting extremists isn’t bravely defiant when your manner of doing so is more significant in offending millions of moderate people as well. And within a climate where violent response — however illegitimate — is a real risk, taking a goading stand on a principle virtually no one contests is worse than pointless: it’s pointlessly all about you.”

    • tunmi

      January 13, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      THIS!!! Thank you. I’ve felt some kind of way about this entire thing. And you summee it up for me. This is no longer about the principle

    • NagosBigBoi

      January 14, 2015 at 6:16 pm

      Awesome!! Could not have put it better!

  13. I am NOT Charlie

    January 13, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    As a Muslim, I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists

    Dear liberal pundit,

    You and I didn’t like George W Bush. Remember his puerile declaration after 9/11 that “either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists”? Yet now, in the wake of another horrific terrorist attack, you appear to have updated Dubbya’s slogan: either you are with free speech . . . or you are against it. Either vous êtes Charlie Hebdo . . . or you’re a freedom-hating fanatic.

    I’m writing to you to make a simple request: please stop. You think you’re defying the terrorists when, in reality, you’re playing into their bloodstained hands by dividing and demonising. Us and them. The enlightened and liberal west v the backward, barbaric Muslims. The massacre in Paris on 7 January was, you keep telling us, an attack on free speech. The conservative former French president Nicolas Sarkozy agrees, calling it “a war declared on civilisation”. So, too, does the liberal-left pin-up Jon Snow, who crassly tweeted about a “clash of civilisations” and referred to “Europe’s belief in freedom of expression”.

    In the midst of all the post-Paris grief, hypocrisy and hyperbole abounds. Yes, the attack was an act of unquantifiable evil; an inexcusable and merciless murder of innocents. But was it really a “bid to assassinate” free speech (ITV’s Mark Austin), to “desecrate” our ideas of “free thought” (Stephen Fry)? It was a crime – not an act of war – perpetrated by disaffected young men; radicalised not by drawings of the Prophet in Europe in 2006 or 2011, as it turns out, but by images of US torture in Iraq in 2004.

    Please get a grip. None of us believes in an untrammelled right to free speech. We all agree there are always going to be lines that, for the purposes of law and order, cannot be crossed; or for the purposes of taste and decency, should not be crossed. We differ only on where those lines should be drawn.

    Has your publication, for example, run cartoons mocking the Holocaust? No? How about caricatures of the 9/11 victims falling from the twin towers? I didn’t think so (and I am glad it hasn’t). Consider also the “thought experiment” offered by the Oxford philosopher Brian Klug. Imagine, he writes, if a man had joined the “unity rally” in Paris on 11 January “wearing a badge that said ‘Je suis Chérif’” – the first name of one of the Charlie Hebdo gunmen. Suppose, Klug adds, he carried a placard with a cartoon mocking the murdered journalists. “How would the crowd have reacted? . . . Would they have seen this lone individual as a hero, standing up for liberty and freedom of speech? Or would they have been profoundly offended?” Do you disagree with Klug’s conclusion that the man “would have been lucky to get away with his life”?

    Let’s be clear: I agree there is no justification whatsoever for gunning down journalists or cartoonists. I disagree with your seeming view that the right to offend comes with no corresponding responsibility; and I do not believe that a right to offend automatically translates into a duty to offend.

    When you say “Je suis Charlie”, is that an endorsement of Charlie Hebdo’s depiction of the French justice minister, Christiane Taubira, who is black, drawn as a monkey? Of crude caricatures of bulbous-nosed Arabs that must make Edward Said turn in his grave?

    Lampooning racism by reproducing brazenly racist imagery is a pretty dubious satirical tactic. Also, as the former Charlie Hebdo journalist Olivier Cyran argued in 2013, an “Islamophobic neurosis gradually took over” the magazine after 9/11, which then effectively endorsed attacks on “members of a minority religion with no influence in the corridors of power”.

    It’s for these reasons that I can’t “be”, don’t want to “be”, Charlie – if anything, we should want to be Ahmed, the Muslim policeman who was killed while protecting the magazine’s right to exist. As the novelist Teju Cole has observed, “It is possible to defend the right to obscene . . . speech without promoting or sponsoring the content of that speech.”

    And why have you been so silent on the glaring double standards? Did you not know that Charlie Hebdo sacked the veteran French cartoonist Maurice Sinet in 2008 for making an allegedly anti-Semitic remark? Were you not aware that Jyllands-Posten, the Danish newspaper that published caricatures of the Prophet in 2005, reportedly rejected cartoons mocking Christ because they would “provoke an outcry” and proudly declared it would “in no circumstances . . . publish Holocaust cartoons”?

    Muslims, I guess, are expected to have thicker skins than their Christian and Jewish brethren. Context matters, too. You ask us to laugh at a cartoon of the Prophet while ignoring the vilification of Islam across the continent (have you visited Germany lately?) and the widespread discrimination against Muslims in education, employment and public life – especially in France. You ask Muslims to denounce a handful of extremists as an existential threat to free speech while turning a blind eye to the much bigger threat to it posed by our elected leaders.

    Does it not bother you to see Barack Obama – who demanded that Yemen keep the anti-drone journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye behind bars, after he was convicted on “terrorism-related charges” in a kangaroo court – jump on the free speech ban wagon? Weren’t you sickened to see Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of a country that was responsible for the killing of seven journalists in Gaza in 2014, attend the “unity rally” in Paris? Bibi was joined by Angela Merkel, chancellor of a country where Holocaust denial is punishable by up to five years in prison, and David Cameron, who wants to ban non-violent “extremists” committed to the “overthrow of democracy” from appearing on television.

    Then there are your readers. Will you have a word with them, please? According to a 2011 YouGov poll, 82 per cent of voters backed the prosecution of protesters who set fire to poppies.

    Apparently, it isn’t just Muslims who get offended.

    Yours faithfully,

    Mehdi.

    Mehdi Hasan is a New Statesman contributing writer and the political director of the Huffington Post UK

    • Samiah

      January 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Thank you Mehdi. I am a muslim. I am NOT a terrorist and I and definitely NOT Charlie.

    • tunmi

      January 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      I just read this and thank you Mehdi. Poor Ahmed, no word on him. And the double standard, but of course. I stand for free speech, I do. If anything, I am Ahmed

    • Anon

      January 13, 2015 at 10:46 pm

      He’s just left Huff Post and moved to Al J in Washington D.C

    • Gee Bee

      January 14, 2015 at 3:45 am

      You just shed light on so many things….. God bless you

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 14, 2015 at 10:31 am

      Thank you… I felt bad that the journalists were killed but i think it is so wrong that they continued to disrespect other people’s faith, ethnicity and political stances they felt were largely unpopular…#Je Suis Ahmed#

    • Idak

      January 14, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      While I will respond to Mehdi Hasan at the original location where he posted his views, permit me to do same here, very briefly.

      The intro besides the fact that he assumes it is a fight (or an argument) between the right and the liberals tries to politicize an issue that is fundamentally human.
      While he has a right to ask the charlie hebdo journalists (better still artists) to stop and I will defend to death his right to air that view, the artists also have the right not to. both sides must never be denied that right. That is the reason why the free society exists and lives have been lost defending that freedom. Same reason why the inquisitions that have held in the past ages in the name of Christianity are abhorrent to any true Christian. Heresy can never be combated by violence. That line can never be blurred. No ifs, no buts. The day we universally accept the blurring of that line is the day the apocalypse arrives.
      I want to be and I am Charlie. Not because I find humour in the cartoons (they are not my type in any shape or form) but because we can never support a society that stifles the right of anyone to mock, insult and even proclaim heresy. Not only am i Charlie but I am buying an e-copy of the Survival edition as a mark of defiance.
      If the majority support a criminalizing of dissent views (a different discussion entirely), heresy can be shamed, its practitioners ostracized and castigated but never visited with violence or their voices withdrawn. This is the reason why I expect Mehdi to write a similar article like he has written against Charlie Hebdo but this time in support of Raif Badawi denouncing the Saudi royalty.
      I do not support the characterization of Christiane Taubira as a monkey and as a black man i find it offensive but I do not want to see the satirists right taken away for that.
      I find his examples very interesting but vitally flawed. I would expect better from an Oxford graduate like him.
      I refuse to believe that wearing a badge of Je suis Chérif’ would have led to the lynching of the wearer. Would he have been lambasted? Surely. Would he have been chased away,?surely but certainly not hacked to death nor killed execution style.
      Maurice Sinet was allegedly sacked for expressing anti-Semitic. However you forget to mention that Siné won a 40,000-euro court judgment against his former publisher for wrongful termination. This is how contrary views should be settled in the free world. Not with guns and machetes.
      While I am appalled at the likes of Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu jumping on the free bus, we must not forget that some of us who are defending Charlie Hebdo have also been consistent in criticizing the aforementioned freeloaders.
      As a Christian (who counts a devout Muslim as one of my closest friend), I want to defend the right of the Charlie Hebdos of this world to express their contrary offending views without fearing for their lives. It should not matter whether those views mock Christ, the Virgin birth or even Christ resurrection which is the cornerstone of my faith. If you are too offended by such to provide caveats for the sort of atrocities we saw in Paris recently or that in Woolwich, southeast London in 2013 then you are not fit for the world you presently inhabit.

      Yours Sincerely,

      Idak

      A recovering BN addict.

    • NagosBigBoi

      January 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

      Great rebuttal. This how it should be done…..without silly insults.
      However, I have a disagreement with you. The fact that the Charlie Hebdo journalist got justice in a court does not make their hypocrisy in firing him any better! If you say you stand for free speech regardless of who gets offended, then live by your beliefs!

  14. atlstyle

    January 13, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    And so what is hateful in Jesus suis charlie…this extremists are just angry, no self control, wild animals that need to be tamed

    • Ada Nnewi

      January 14, 2015 at 10:32 am

      You are a religious bigot and your comment puts you on the same level with the extremists…

  15. Blossom

    January 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Because the Muslim religion is bad according to you does not give you any right to mock and insult their leader. I am a Christian but I can’t mock Muslims saying thirst leader is gay. WTH? Did Jesus say you should mock people’s religion or sexuality? Sometimes these white supremacy like to behave like they are heroes for mocking people’s religion. I don’t accept terrorism at all nor boko haram but i will not use anger to bash them in the name of comedy. Am sorry it’s not funny. Yes Christians and other religion are being mocked, but not everyone is going to react the same way.. So there should be a cartoon depicting black people as Apes and niggas in the name of freedom of speech? Lol.. I agree with thenewme.

  16. HAWTTALKWITHTOSAN

    January 13, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    I am a Christian and I believe in God. Islam, Buddhism & Judaism are all types of religion and they also believe in God. It is people within any sect of religion that use their authority to brainwash others into executing dastardly acts. The moment we all begin to see that faith is personal and that so called religious leaders are mere humans with their own agendas; we may begin to have some peace.

    • Anon

      January 13, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Buddhist don’t believe in God.

    • Anon

      January 13, 2015 at 10:48 pm

      Buddhists don’t believe in God.

  17. chique

    January 13, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    It is not ok to mock your skin colour but its ok to mock other people religion or their belief in whate ver they deem fit. You say you have freedom of expression but don’t others have freedom of thought conscience and religion? Why mock it? And yes! I am a full christ-tain!!

  18. chique

    January 13, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Yay! I can comment now! Been trying all day long!
    Back to the matter….there is a thin line between freedom of speech and hate. I do not condone violence but if you ask me no sin is greater: the sin of mocking other people; whether their religion,colour,imperfection or any other and the sin of violence and murder as seen in the murder of 12 cartoonists. Didn’t the bible say sin is sin?? Please my people if we can tolerate one another and our differences by not mocking and not killing, then the world will be a better place. I am a proud Christain! Beside is this rift a religious rift or a conflict caused by intolerance and hate?? I guess the latter. The journalists can’t tolerate other peoples religion and the murderers couldn’t tolerate the taunting..

  19. the scorpio

    January 13, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    @leah I totally get your point,you are very correct.,religion is an idea and like evey other idea it should be criticized.charlie hebbo preaches everything about being liberal you dont have to agree with my idea .As an openminded person I should fairly accept the beliefs,religion,race and sexuality of people.it is called tolerance.religious bigots should get the fact that not everyone will buy their faith and dey should accept criticism.as I said before religion is an idea it is not the essence of life and criticizing it does not harm the inhabitants of the earth.

  20. southsouthchairman

    January 14, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Firstly, I do not believe in anyone’s life being taken from them without their will under any circumstance whatsoever, expect maybe as punishment for previously taking someone else’s life; anyone who claims that same belief and qualifies it with any ifs or buts, apart from the one stated above is prioritizing some other belief above it, in my opinion (fyi @I am NOT charlie)

    I also think every country/society has it’s own cultures and traditions on which laws are based; anyone who decides to visit or migrate to any society should abide by it’s laws and ultimately it’s traditions while there.

    The westerners have made it clear that they believe in freedom of speech and no one on their lands should be killed for any reason whatsoever. They question everything, they also raise their kids that way, and believe no one should be punished for that. So why should anyone go to their shores and ‘punish’ them for their values? Arab/Muslim countries hold different values, most of which are derived from their religion and I don’t see westerners going to their countries and refusing to conform to their laws. I can’t see why a Muslim will go or decide to migrate to a western nation if they are so offended by their beliefs. I respect the fact that Arab/Muslim countries have certain beliefs which are totally against mine and for that reason I choose not to go to any of them or patronize any of their media. I have been offered jobs which came with sizable increases in my incomes at the respective times and I refused to even consider them simply for this reason. I will not pity any westerner who goes to a Muslim country and does something that is opposed by their citizens and religion, and suffers punishment for that.

    @I am NOT charlie, the incidents you stated above all relate to the respective countries of those leaders you mentioned e.g. if Cameron says he wants something off TV, he is talking about British TV. If you’re offended by that, you should simply skip watching British TV; the citizens who truly love Britain cannot be offended by that because they know the law is for their benefit. Just as if a cleric in Saudi Arabia comes up with a fatwa declaring building snowmen illegal, I don’t see why a westerner will go there and try to defy that.

    In my opinion, this problem is caused by Muslims wanting to enjoy the benefits of western society but not wanting to conform to their values. This is why I respect Muslims born in the western world who have decided to migrate to the ISIS caliphate and other Muslim regions – they are living out what they believe in.

    The world cup in Qatar is gonna open a whole can of worms cause of this issue. ‘Disaster waiting to happen’ written all over it.

    • Funms

      January 14, 2015 at 9:25 am

      Southsouthchairman take FIVE! Your head is very correct!!

      When I read these comments yesterday, I was sad that people didn’t see that these Islamists are fighting against the world’s fundamental right to speak. If Islam takes freedom of expression away from its followers, why must Islamists try to impose that idea/law on a people who do not believe in Islam? Islam (and Muslims) should take responsibility for what has happened and work within to ensure that the option to resort to killing people is not an option worth considering ever again!

      How can people say they don’t condone murdering 12 fellow human beings trying to make an honest living at their duty posts on the one hand and in the same statement tell us the magazine has no respect and as such got what it deserved for its disrespect! Tell me, did they deserve death for living life in THEIR OWN country according to the tenets that THEIR OWN country upholds?! What special treatment are you looking for? What special brand of discrimination is meted to you that others are also not subjected to? Choose where you stand and don’t try to justify murder, else you will be labelled a murderer too!

    • Bleed Blue

      January 14, 2015 at 10:06 am

      And this!.

      Being in the oil and gas industry, I too have been offered jobs in Moslem countries, with huge salaries that made me literally open my mouth wide. BUT I had to reject them because I know I do not want to be subject to the ways of life that these countries demand.

      For a Saudi job I was offered, I was told by the recruiter that custom demands I need to be escorted from the airport by a man before I’m allowed to exit, a male guardian has to approve before I open a bank account etc. I know the Saudi women are used to, and for the most part don’t mind these practices. And that’s absolutely fine. BUT I couldn’t live with these restrictions, so I didn’t move to their country. I mean, I won’t even be allowed to practice my faith openly.

      As against going there and getting upset or trying to impose my way on the established system, I stay where I am comfortable with the customs.

      Charlie Hebdo dare not publish any of these satires in Saudi, Iran, UAE etc. But France permits this freedom. I’m not thrilled that any religion is being mocked, whether Islam, Judaism, Christianity or any other.
      I would much prefer a world where everyone respected each others beliefs and steered clear of mockery, but alas, this is permissible in some areas.
      The God who is being mocked will move His mighty hand if and when He pleases. In the meantime, I do not agree with any individual who feels the need to do that job for Him, more so by killing another human being.

      Let peace and tolerance be practiced, not just preached.

  21. Anon

    January 14, 2015 at 12:22 am

    “Let us ignore the provocations and defamation and get about the work of being a source of good and mercy to all we may come into contact with,” Imam Zaid Shakir.

    “My initial thought is that the cover is a near perfect response to the tragedy,” said Hussein Rashid, a professor of Islamic thought at Hofstra University in New York. “The cover’s central message — forgiveness — resonates not only throughout Islam but through other world religions as well. “The cover is a call to our better angels, and an acknowledgment that religion also offers good to the world.”

    Why can’t people see it this way?

  22. T.I.

    January 14, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Two wrongs never make a right. All the comments about what the publication did as wrong is def true but that does not excuse murder. Racism does not excuse murder either so I find those points invalid. As a Christian I would be offended if someone spoke negatively about Christ but I sure as heck won’t want them murdered or dead.

  23. Mordi

    January 14, 2015 at 8:04 am

    A right to humiliate?
    We all need to understand that If you start with a determined intent to humiliate someone or a group, their opponents are delighted (because it confirms their prejudices) and yet you arrive at no insight into how to win the hearts and minds of the very many people who support them.

    The world begins to end when we let our individual beliefs conquer love

  24. SAYNEY

    January 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I AM NOT CHARLIE, I AM AHMED…

  25. newbie

    January 14, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    In other news, “ultra – conservative” Jewish newspaper, the announcer has republished a photo of all the world leaders at Sunday’s protest March in Paris, and – get this- digitally erased all 5 women leaders in the original picture! Ridiculous or what? It always amuses me how Muslims and jews are always at each others’ throats yet are so alike in their practices.

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