French Editor Back in Court Over Prophet Cartoons
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The editor of a French weekly, acquitted last year on charges of offending Muslims for reprinting cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in February 2006, appeared before an appeal court on Wednesday.
Philippe Val, who edits the satirical Charlie Hebdo weekly, was sued by two Muslim organisations who argued that the cartoons, first printed by a Danish newspaper, drew an offensive link between Islam and terrorism.
A Paris court ruled in March last year that two of the cartoons were absolutely not offensive to Muslims and that in the case of the third, the context of its publication made clear there was no intention to offend.
One cartoon reprinted from Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten showed the prophet standing on a cloud, turning away suicide bombers from paradise with the caption “Stop, stop, we ran out of virgins.”
The second, by a French cartoonist, showed a despondent Mohammed holding his head in his hands, saying: “It is hard to be loved by fools”, under the caption “Mohammed overwhelmed by fundamentalists.”
The third, first printed in Jyllands-Posten, showed Mohammed wearing a turban shaped as a bomb.
The Paris Grand Mosque accepted the ruling, but the Union of Islamic Organisations of France (UOIF) decided to appeal, later joined by the World Muslim League (WML).
At the start of Wednesday’s hearing however, the appeal court ruled that the Saudi-based WML was not admissible as a civil plaintiff, leaving the UOIF as the sole plaintiff.
Hearings were due to continue into the evening, with a verdict expected next month.
Charlie Hebdo’s initial trial was seen as an important test for freedom of expression in France, after the cartoons’ publication sparked violent protests by Muslims worldwide.
The editors of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten were acquitted in October 2006 of any wrongdoing in a separate case in a Danish court and very few of the dozens of newspapers worldwide that reprinted the cartoons have faced legal action.
(Posted on January 28, 2008)
My fellow AmReners, on September 12, 1683 the Muslims hordes of the Ottomon Empire were decisively defeated by a “Holy Leage” of European nations at the Gates of Vienna, ending the last great attempt at Islamic domination of Europe.
Now, it seems more than ever that we are facing another “Gates of Vienna” type situation, with only two possible outcomes:
1. The surrender of Europe to the Muslims hordes, or
2. The deportation of all Muslims from Europe.
If nothing happens soon, we know which one is going to happen - right?
Posted by Obscuratus at 5:31 PM on January 28
I think the headline to this article says it all. In court… over a cartoon?!?
Posted by Tim Mc Hugh at 5:40 PM on January 28
This is awful! If the muslims win, calling France “liberal” would be akin to an oxymoron. This would not be tolerant and “liberal,” but suicidal and/or intolerant (in another way). It’s tragic; Euorpeans are losing even the right to protest against their destruction! Muslims get a ‘pat on the back’ for attacking people in riots, in retaliation for Europeans not wanting to be muslims. But European Christians can’t even have their own opinions on Islam. This is a prime example of muslims shoving their religion down our throats. (Muslims get money from “infidels,” just because non-muslims don’t worship Mohammad?)
Posted by EA (European American) Steve at 6:49 PM on January 28
It’s not going to stop. We cannot afford to let them inch their way into the overtake of our lives.
9/11 got everyone’s attention. The Muslim’s jihad is 400 years older than the Crusades. The Crusades were delayed responses to jihad, to recover by war what had been lost by war. Jihad will last as long as there are unbelievers.
I have a lot of specifics that I could site, but another comment on this issue was not posted.
Posted by GAonMYmind at 8:10 PM on January 28
Voltaire might have disagreed, but contended you had a right to say it. Of course, Voltaire was French. In the new multi-cult France free speech is trumped by politically correct censors and threats from militant Moslems. Free speech! Will the French courts defend it? Or cave before the enemies of Western Civilization? — — — — — -HM
Posted by at 7:23 AM on January 29
A guy does a cartoon and he’s in court. A bunch of marauding youths set fire to cars, ungrateful immigrants bomb a subway, rape women and steal and they are not in jail.
Posted by at 8:05 AM on January 29
>>> …sued by two Muslim organisations who argued that the cartoons, first printed by a Danish newspaper, drew an offensive link between Islam and terrorism.
When we have Muslims (those good ones) marching in the streets, taking out full page ads, posters, radio and TV and Mosque statements denouncing terrorism in its myriad forms - on a continual and consistent basis, then I’ll consider that they may have a reason to feel offended. But feeling offended is what I and many of us feel when passing a woman encased in a black shroud or hear the word Infidel directed at us because of our beliefs. Can I sue?
Advice to Muslims. Get over it.
Posted by Arcadian at 9:11 AM on January 29
The French people had a choice recently.
LePen and drive out the muslims.
Szarkosky and more muslim patronage.
The people have spoken, they want to be on their knees on the carpet.
The French want to be slaves and they are getting their wish.
Posted by SeeTheFuture at 3:32 PM on January 29
Pretty clever, huh ? They’re using our own institutions to destroy us.
Posted by gee vee at 3:34 PM on January 29
“The Muslim’s jihad is 400 years older than the Crusades. The Crusades were delayed responses to jihad, to recover by war what had been lost by war. Jihad will last as long as there are unbelievers.
I have a lot of specifics that I could site, but another comment on this issue was not posted. “
Posted by GAonMYmind
It strikes me as endlessly strange how Moslems can’t see their own violent conquest of those Christian lands they invaded, yet they can object to Christianity’s response to being conquered. It’s like a part of the Moslem brain has been paralyzed by some drug to prevent logical thinking.
If you invade my house and rape, kill, and rob my family, that’s quite alright. But if I object and try to fight back, that’s outrageous. How dare I!
Well, that’s what the Koran teaches them. So who will argue? It’s the word of Allah.
Of course those very same Moslems, whose ancestors were really the victims of this conquest, believe today that the spread of Islam was all love and peace, but that the “infidels” who resisted Islam were warlike and wicked.
When I was in Morocco, it was patiently explained to me that after Mohammed died, the people of the region heard of the wonderful new religion from out of the East and sent for wise men to come and teach it to them. That is how Islam came into the area — not on horseback with swords swinging!
I have since learned that there was, in fact, intense resistance to the Arab conquest, and it went on for many years before being finally extinguished amid much brutality.
Posted by ghw at 3:07 PM on January 30