A satirical magazine in France once firebombed for its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed has published a 65-page cartoon biography of the Islamic holy figure.

Charlie Hebdo put together a 65-page comic book which went on sale yesterday.

The magazine’s website claims the publication is ‘halal’ insisting that Muslim scholars and historians researched and edited the cartoon book.

But it is likely to cause offence to some Muslims, and picture include Mohammed naked as a baby as well as violent images and other explicit scenes.
‘It is a biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims,’ the publisher, Stephane Charbonnier told AFP last week.

‘I don’t think higher Muslims could find anything inappropriate.’

The Financial Times reported that In a note on the back page, Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier writes: ‘We have put into pictures the life of Mohammed as it is recounted by Muslim chroniclers. Without added humour. If the form seems to some blasphemous, the foundation is perfectly halal. Up to you to decide.’

Charbonnier reportedly lives under police protection and has received numerous death threats.

In September the offices were protected by riot police after the French government backed the publication of cartoons depicting a wheelchair-bound Prophet Muhammad being pushed by a rabbi.

The publication comes after a controversial few months concerning the depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

In September an anti-Islam film made in California provoked some violent protests in several Muslim countries, and attacks on Western embassies.

But the magazine is frequently in the firing line when it comes to controversial publications.

Molotov cocktails were used to burn down the Charlie Hebdo offices in November 2011.

Yet despite the firebomb attack, the magazine went on to print the image of Mohammed in a special four-page supplement.

The weekly, known for its irreverent treatment of the political establishment and religious figures, bore the headline ‘Charia Hebdo’, in a reference to Muslim sharia law, and said that the issue had been guest-edited by Mohammed.

The incident pits Europe’s tradition of free speech and secularism against Islam’s injunction barring any depictions seen as mocking the Prophet.

The publication of cartoons of Mohammed in a Danish newspaper in 2005 sparked unrest in the Muslim world in which at least 50 people were killed.

While French Muslim groups criticised Charlie Hebdo’s work, they also condemned the firebomb attack.

The head of the Paris Mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, said at the time: ‘I am extremely attached to freedom of the press, even if the press is not always tender with Muslims, Islam or the Paris Mosque. French Muslims have nothing to do with political Islam.’

[Editor's note: Click here for a sample of Charlie Hebdo's irreverent humor.]

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  • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

    I am on a crusade to have that not so neat culinary delicacy currently named “Sloppy Joe” to be renamed “Sloppy Mohammed.” So far I have not yet been successful, nor am I aware of a fatwa being issued against me for doing so.

    • ArmenianWN

      If Obama gets his way with immigration reform, over time sloppy Joe will evolve into sloppy Jose

      • IstvanIN

        Sloppy Maria would be more appropriate if you think about it, wink wink.

        • SintiriNikos

          That’s the Blessed Virgin’s name. No need to besmirch it. But rest assured I won’t firebomb you for the comment.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

      IT would have to be a real pulled-pork sandwich, as well.

      • http://countenance.wordpress.com/ Question Diversity

        Now you’re making my mouth water. Pit roasted pulled pork sandwiches the way they do it in Memphis and surrounding areas is about the tastiest thing one can eat. Topped with cole slaw and accented with a light tomato-based sauce. At risk of starting BBQ Wars in AR, that’s Real BBQ.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    “French Muslims have nothing to do with politicial Islam” Well, you keep hiding your head in the sand, Mr Ostrich. They’re just waiting for the demographic and legal rights to take you over, just as the Moors did with Spain a few centuries before. Complaining about terrorist attacks is nothing more than a limp-wristed sot to the libs who want to be True Believers no matter what.

  • Unperson

    “The incident pits Europe’s tradition of free speech and secularism against Islam’s injunction barring any depictions seen as mocking the Prophet.

    This injunction barring depictions seen as mocking their Prophet — or Islam’s injunctions barring the depicting of their Prophet at all — clearly apply only to Muslims themselves. Why would they expect this to apply to non-Muslims? If Muslims want to abide by Islam’s (silly, backwards, dangerous) rules and regulations, that’s up to them. But they have no jurisdiction over us “infidels”. It’s disturbing that, at least in France, they think they have already achieved that power over the locals. Muslims need to be told, in no uncertain terms, that their rules do NOT apply to us.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Correct; for example, Sharia law prescribes the death penalty for apostate Muslims who switch religions, but not for persons who were never Muslim in the first place. If a Hindu or Jew wants to get baptised or a Christian converts to Judaism, Sharia has nothing to say on the subject, though it does insist that Hindus and Buddhists are idolators who must be killed.

      • EndTimesComing

        Nothing to say other than those baptisms etc cannot occur in territory dominated by Sharia and Islam. Try getting your new kid baptized as a contract employee in Saudi. Ain’t happening. Try having a Christmas celebration, for that matter.

        • Michael_C_Scott

          Normal white men would never bring women they cared for into Saudi Arabia.

  • So CAL Snowman

    I can’t wait for some “artist” to show a depiction of Mohammed floating in said artist’s urine – “Piss Mohammed”

    • StillModerated

      It’s in my basement — right next to a burnt koran in a cat box. Are you offended? If so, then I’m glad you’re offended.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jessica-Bates/100000284781928 Jessica Bates

    The best way to convince people you’re not crazy, is to firebomb things.

  • bigone4u

    Round them all up and ship them back to their homelands. Until that happens these kinds of stories and worse will continue to play out. Even caving in to their current demands will not satisfy them, as there will always be new demands. Ultimately, the French will be exterminated. Brigitte Bardot is talking about following depardieu to apply for Russian citizenship. Don’t blame her.

  • PesachPatriot

    wow…more muslim butt hurt over cartoons…Gee, maybe if they don’t like free speech or criticism of religion they should feel free to move back to the majority muslim country they like best. Sit in the desert and eat hummus and felafel, stone adulterous women, do whatever you like in your sandbox…In the civilized world you don’t firebomb media outlets who publish unflattering cartoons. It seems that just about anything can cause muslim rioting…Yet another reason I’m glad america is much further away from the middle east than france is.

    • SintiriNikos

      Don’t worry cause as Neil Diamond would say… they’re coming to America!

  • C_C_Conrad

    Well, one thing that we can say for Muslims – they have the backbone needed to stand up and fight for things that they believe in. Now white people – white people would not scream if you set them on fire.

    ………….
    Jack’s War
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jack%27s+War

  • A Multiracial Individual

    It is the year 2013. What is the swiftest way to acquire an international death mark? Apparently all one has to do is speak ill of a 7th century warlord. Very, very strange.

  • shattered

    It makes perfect sense to Muslims to simply firebomb anyone who has a different opinion. A good reason not to import them.

  • June

    There’s a small mosque in our college town near the stadium. A few months ago on a game day a street vendor and his two preteen daughters were selling fried pork skins on the sidewalk in front of the mosque. It was so funny to see the muslims walk by trying to hold their breath.

    In a muslim country they would have killed the vendor and raped his daughters.

    • Dude

      The girls must have taken their breath away. </3

    • IstvanIN

      I wonder if Mohammedans are permitted to eat fake bacon bits?

      • StillModerated

        I always spell mohammedans with a small m. I’m hoping they find it insulting. BTW it was the term taught in my primary school geography class in the early 60s.

    • Richard from Vancouver

      …and dogs too! Muslims hate dogs. Why, I don’t know. I’ve never really trusted people who hate dogs.

  • christopher mahoney

    Oh my! Has anyone killed the French ambassador to Libya over this?

  • jackryanvb

    Muslims just don’t go in for certain things, like….

    Cartoons.

    Muslims are also not real big on women’s sports and women’s right. Saudi Arabia sent their nation’s first women’s athlete to the Olympics last year in London – she was an Saudi college student at an American university. She had to try compete in some track event covered up in Islamic covering, she didn’t do very well. Still men in Saudi Arabia called her a whore, traitor to islam.

    But, Saudi Arabian men didn’t do much better in the Olympics. The Sons of Allah won one medal, some equestrian sport won by some super rich Saudi living in England.

    That’s always a great match up in the Olympics between the two most chauvinistic, arrogant religious nations on earth.

    Saudi Arabia vs Israel.

    In the last London Olympics the Sons of Allah – Saudi Arabia won one medal, the self anointed God’s Chosen People – Israel won zero medals. Maybe God has anointed the people of the Republic of Kazakhstan as his favorite people. Kazakhstan does rather well in weight lifting.

    • EndTimesComing

      Israel is chauvinistic? Women MP’s? Women in the military? Does Saudi have that?

      • jackryanvb

        There are many types of chauvinism – besides “sexist chauvinism”. And it’s perfectly understandable to be nationalistic, chauvinistic about your nation’s national olympic teams, world cup soccer teams etc. My point was that Israel and Saudi Arabia are nations that are the centers of very chauvinistic religious people who put the word out that their way is the ONE correct way, they are the best. But in Olympic competition neither Saudi Arabia – the Sons of Allah or Israel – God’s Chosen People are good at Olympic competitions. Saudi Arabia won one medal, Israel zero.

        • PesachPatriot

          I have often felt badly for Ireland at every olympics…when all the countries march by at the opening ceremonies they are always stuck between Israel and Iran. Israel is a very different society than Saudi Arabia…there are plenty of mosques and churches in Israel…how many synagogues and churches are in Saudi Arabia…Obviously there are pockets of medieval fanaticism in Israel, but they don’t rule the society with an iron fist the way saudi clerics do. Go to a beach near Tel Aviv and you will see plenty of women in revealing bathing suits that would get them 50 lashes in allah’s oily sandbox. The zero medals thing isn’t exactly surprising…we are not a people known for athletic skills.

  • SintiriNikos

    Somebody should print one of these Mohammed publications in Hebrew. Then sit back and watch the fireworks as they go at each other.

  • JohnEngelman

    The sympathy Western liberals, democratic socialists, social democrats, and others on the democratic left had for Communist dictatorships can be understood. Although those dictatorships violated liberal values regarding open political debate, the rights of the accused, even economic equality, they paid lip service to liberal values.

    This cannot be said of Muslims and Islamic societies. Everything that secular liberals loath about the religious right and the Bible Belt is far more true of even moderate Islamic countries. According to a study released by the Pew Research Center 84 percent of Muslims in Egypt, 86 percent of Muslims in Jordan, and 76 percent of Muslims in Pakistan favor the death penalty for Muslims who leave the faith.

    http://www.pewglobal.org/2010/12/02/muslims-around-the-world-divided-on-hamas-and-hezbollah/
    A gay rights movement is unthinkable in one of those countries.

    In their sympathy for Muslims and their culture Western leftists reveal a hostility for the Western civilization that made liberalism and the left possible.

    • YoungWoman

      I think there are a growing number of young “liberal” atheists who understand that it makes no sense to criticize Christianity more than Islam. I was raised as a liberal atheist and in fact my departure from PC thought sort of began when I read Ayaan Hirsi Ali because New Atheists like Christopher Hitchens endorsed her, and then I started reading Charles Murray’s articles because Hirsi Ali (who is black) endorsed him and The Bell Curve in her book Nomad. And then I realized I really liked Charles Murray. And then I got into some of the other stuff people on this site read, and then I got to this site.

      So my point is that I believe that there are a growing number of young secular liberals who are beginning to understand that leftist sympathy for Islam and certain “other cultures” doesn’t make sense and are starting to drift from away from PC thought in the direction of race realism (even if they aren’t there yet). I don’t know how many of them are secretly investigating race from an evolutionary perspective like I am but I bet the number who do will go up with time. We’ll see how long it takes, if it ever happens, for online communities of young liberal atheist evolutionists like r/atheism to start addressing race honestly, but I think it’s quite possible that it will happen eventually.

    • AB7

      Liberal support of Islam exposes that what the liberals really are all about is hating the West and Christianity. The destruction of both of those, even if it means the destruction of their own freedoms, is what they want. They may not even be able to admit this to themselves at this point, but their core drive is just that. Surely there will be no better example of “you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” than the realization liberals have once they are successful in driving Christianity out of the West and destroying the West altogether.

  • http://twitter.com/AFreespeechzone A Freespeechzone

    Be prepared–it’s only a matter of time before muslim violence against any and all that oppose them is sanctioned and encouraged by Obama/Holder and the UN.

    Complacency will only embolden this be become the ‘new norm’.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I wouldn’t expect that from President Oogabooga, whatever his other faults. He’s certainly been more than willing to order the targeted killings via drone strikes of Al Qaida and Taliban leaders, all of whom are certainly violent Islamists.

  • Michael_C_Scott

    The original reason for injunctions against depicting Muhammad was that Islam expressly forbids anything that smacks of idolatry. Crucifixes which depict Jesus are in their view idolatrous, as is the obsession with the Virgin Mary on the part of some Catholics as well as the painted icons so loved by Orthodox Christians. The feigned outrage by Muslims at depictions of Muhammad by non-Muslims is misplaced because since we are not Muslims, our doing this can not remotely be considered idolatry.

    • OlderWoman

      Muslims recognize Mary. They also use prayer beads like the rosary.

      • Michael_C_Scott

        Muslim prayer beads do not have the same significance. It should be pointed out that Greek Orthodox Christians use the same prayer beads; it’s a regional thing. I don’t know for certain, but I would bet money that Druzes and Bahai also use them.

  • OlderWoman

    There’s an Iranian in my building who comes to our Bible Studies. He calls himself a Sunni Protestant and has convinced some naive Christians that he believes in the New Testament.

    Sometimes I think Southern White Christians are the dumbest people I know. They don’t research, they don’t question, they believe everything they’re told. They actually believe what a Presbyterian USA minister said is that muslims believe in the same God Christians do. They claim to believe Jesus is their prophet. These people don’t realize that the Muslim Jesus is the Christian anti-Christ.

    It is so infuriating to live in this community. They always preach the ‘be nice’ sermon while blacks and muslims around them are destroying our society. Meanwhile, I have to keep my mouth shut because they might ‘get their feelings hurt’.