From The Wall Street Journal this morning:
PARIS—Armed men Wednesday stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical magazine targeted in the past for its cartoons on Islam, leaving 12 people dead, according to the Paris prosecutor.
The Journal described the satirical magazine, whose editor in chief and at least one graphic artist were slaughtered by Muslim fanatics, this way:
Charlie Hebdo has often put France’s secular dogma to the test, printing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad on several occasions. In 2011, its offices were struck by arson, hours before a special issue of the weekly—dubbed “Shariah Hebdo”—was published…In 2006, the paper reprinted images of Muhammad that had appeared in a Danish magazine a year before. The next year, it published a picture of Muhammad crying, with the tagline “It’s hard to be loved by idiots.”
The Associated Press noted:
The extremist Islamic State group has threatened to attack France, and minutes before the attack Charlie Hebdo had tweeted a satirical cartoon of that extremist group’s leader giving New Year’s wishes. Charlie Hebdo has been repeatedly threatened for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, among other controversial sketches, and its offices were firebombed in 2011.
According to The Guardian, a mere six days after that firebombing in 2011—which “completely destroyed the Paris offices”—Charlie Hebdo,
published a new front page depicting a male Charlie Hebdo cartoonist passionately kissing a bearded Muslim man in front of the charred aftermath of the bombing. The headline this time was: L’Amour plus fort que la haine (Love is stronger than hate).
CNN has been reporting that witnesses said the gunmen shouted, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad,” as well as, “We have killed Charlie Hebdo.”
Like hell they have.
Twitter users all over the world are using #JeSuisCharlie, “I Am Charlie.” Many of the magazine’s covers and articles have been reproduced and presented to millions upon millions of people who had never heard of Charlie Hebdo until today. Charlie Hebdo is very much alive, even if some of those who produced the magazine have now been silenced by Islamist bastards.
Kudos to CNN’s Chris Cuomo, by the way. Earlier today, the morning news anchor said the following to the control room at CNN:
Put up the cover! Today’s publication date of Charlie Hebdo—if they’re not able to get their message out, we’ll get it out for them—there’s the cover of the magazine…
…This is a satire of someone who is obviously about to get their head cut off, right? The person who is the victim is supposed to be Muhammad. He’s saying, “Wait, I’m the Prophet, you idiot!” And the guy who is going to cut his head off is saying, “Shut your mouth, infidel!” And it says on the caption on the top, “If Muhammad Were To Come Back.”
Long live Charlie Hebdo! Even as we mourn the loss of those who died in Paris today, let us champion the work they have done. Let us celebrate free speech: