Date: July 20, 2015
“Laurent Sourisseau, editor of the snarky French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, said in a recent interview that the publication will no longer publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Deutsche Welle reported on Saturday that Sourisseau told the German magazine Stern that Charlie Hebdo had accomplished its mission: “We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature.”
The decision comes six-odd months after the militant Kouachi brothers stormed the magazine’s Paris offices in a deadly siege that left 12 people dead at the office. The victims included Charlie Hebdo’s editor at the time, Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, and veteran cartoonists Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac and Georges Wolinski.”
I’ve never been a fan of gratuitous offending…So, at times I’ve been reluctant to embrace certain types of things, like “Draw Mohammed Day”.
Even though I value the principles said to be behind it…it felt like some people were jumping on board, more because they were jerks than anything else. Not everybody, of course…But some people acted more like they were taking a big, steaming crap on the face of Islam…
At the same time…I find it absolutely offensive, that anyone would dictate to another person [myself, included], that they cannot draw or display a picture of Mohammed…under threat of deadly violence. Such is unquestionably unacceptable.
I don’t know that there is a good place to stand, with this issue…except with your own principles…Which is why part of me really finds it disheartening, to see people back down on their right to draw and display pictures of Mohammed.
I think it can be done in a positive, uplifting way.
…And I think this is one threat that should be stood up too…one right that should be held onto…one expression [of countless], that should remain untouchable.