France Soir Sacks Editor… and Publishes Another Cartoon: What Gives?

The row intensified on Wednesday when France Soir, alongside the 12 original cartoons, printed a new drawing on its front page showing Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy figures sitting on a cloud, with the caption…


Those who cry “Freedom of Speech” still have to understand that this freedom, like many others, is not considered “unlimited”. Rather, there are many cases where “Freedom of Speech” is restricted and censorship laws are put into effect. So who exactly decides what constitutes valid “speech” and what does not?

Even though international human rights conventions include the “right to criticize religious and political ideas” within “Freedom of Speech”, libel, slander and defamation are clearly valid reasons to limit speech. If portraying the Messenger of Allah (May Allah bless him and grant him peace) the way these cartoons did is not “libel, slander and defamation” then God knows best what is. However, it was to a billion people… and it could thus easily come into the category of “hate-speech” meant to incite Muslims and degrade them.

One wonders whether such people, such as the Evangelical newspaper, Magazinet, that reproduced these cartoons, would consider it “freedom of speech” to defame their high standing Christian figures?

One also wonders whether our Dutch brethren in humanity understand the concept of “Freedom of Expression” in its essence, as they propogate it. They contemplate a law to ban the Hijab and make it a “crime” to wear it in public because it “oppresses women” (see: NPR) but whether one walks around naked or fully covered from head to toe it is, afterall, their own preference which comes under the freedoms theyve been entitled to? Nay or yay? So one can think about banning this, but the thought of banning something that so evidently incites violence and cries of slander is looked over.



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4 responses to “France Soir Sacks Editor… and Publishes Another Cartoon: What Gives?

  1. salam

    i just relaized u changed ur name of the blog to the name i gave u, hahahaha, mashaAllah


  2. uninspiring. try again you monkey.

  3. Salamu ‘Alaykum

    This particular post wasnt really meant to be inspiring Sidi : )


  4. Usma

    “freedom of speech” means that people like Nick Griffin of the BNP can get away with saying “islam is a vicious, wicked faith that has expanded through a handful of cranky lunatics and is now sweeping country after country..its a dragon, a menace to all that we hold dear in the West..”.
    and because muslims arent covered by the anti-freedom of speech legislation ( the race hate leg) “we can say whatever we want about islam and its legal..even more extreme things..”

    btw, salman, i hope you *expand* on your thoughts seeing as your a politiks student 🙂

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