Thursday, 08 January 2015 20:10 G. Tod Slone Editorial Dept - Free Speech
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C'est peut-être un peu pompeux ce que je vais dire, mais je préfère mourir debout que vivre à genoux.  (Translated:“What I am going to say is perhaps a little pompous, but I prefer to die standing up than to live on my knees.”) - Stéphane Charbonnier, aka Charb, executed cartoonist and editor of Charlie Hebdo

The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam. - Obama
 
Sadly, Obama’s wishful anti-free speech statement materialized into a reality for the ten murdered Parisian cartoonist journalists of Charlie Hebdo.  Obama and Hillary, we should not forget, tried to dilute the First Amendment in a concerted effort with the Muslim Brotherhood to establish anti-blasphemy laws (the Istanbul Process) in accord with Islam’s Sharia Law.  They worked again against freedom of speech, blaming their own Benghazi failures on… freedom of speech, when they tried to get YouTube to remove the Innocence of Muslims.  Hillary announced she would pursue the director, Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, have him arrested and incarcerated.  And that is what eventually happened.  Will she be our next pro-Islam, freedom-of-speech scorning president?
 

An unaware individual might ask why Muslim murderers seem always to shout Allah Akbar.  Does it mean God is evil?   If alive today, the 10 murdered cartoonists and journalists might argue it means:  Dieu, c’est un con (Allah is an asshole).  Well, I was sure as hell shaken by the unbelievable news that Charb and nine of his cartoonist/journalist colleagues had been assassinated by Muslim Islamists, renowned for their hatred of freedom of speech and Western democracy in general.  Islam in accord with the Quran is egregiously incompatible with democracy!  Only willfully ignorant Western multiculturalists like Obama and Hillary would disagree with that.  Howard Dean is another example of willful multiculti-ignorance of the numerous violent passages existent in the Qu’ran, which justify vicious Muslim attacks like the one on Charlie Hebdo.   Dean stated:  “You know, this is a chronic problem. I stopped calling these people Muslim terrorists. They’re about as Muslim as I am. I mean, they have no respect for anybody else’s life, that’s not what the Koran says. Europe has an enormous radical problem. I think ISIS is a cult. Not an Islamic cult. I think it’s a cult.”
 
Well, the “Koran” contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to violence, including this one:  "As to those who reject faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help." (verse 3:56)  For many other such verses, try Google or http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/quran/023-violence.htm.  Sadly, Dean, Obama, Hillary, and so many others will not educate themselves.  Ignorance serves multiculti-ideology.   
 
The censorship of some American media is also reprehensible, especially after the massacre.  CNN is one of the most egregious censors.  Politico obtained an internal CNN memo:  “Although we are not at this time showing the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet considered offensive by many Muslims, platforms are encouraged to verbally describe the cartoons in detail.  Video or stills of street protests showing Parisians holding up copies of the offensive cartoons, if shot wide, are also OK. Avoid close-ups of the cartoons that make them clearly legible.”  Willful censorship is disgusting, especially when effected by the media.
 
Over the years, my creative passion has revolved around issues of freedom of speech… or rather lack thereof, especially in the dubious halls of academe, where self-censorship tends to be rampant, not vigorous debate.  When I lived in France in the 1980s I used to read Charlie Hebdo nearly every week.  In fact, in the beginning of my cartooning “career” in the late 90s when I’d just begun drawing, I used the cartoons by Reiser, one of Charlie Hebdo’s most famous cartoonists, who died about a decade or two ago, as a model since I was an autodidact.  On one of my returns to Paris, I even visited the office of Charlie Hebdo, just to take a look at it. 
 
In 2011, that office was bombed by Muslim Islamists because the magazine had published satirical cartoons of Muhammad, their beloved prophet.  Of course, the magazine also published cartoons satirical of Jesus and just about everything else.  The Age of Reason gave us the right to criticize religion!  But the new Age of Multiculturalism wants to take that right away.  Prior to that bombing, in 2005, Danish cartoonists published cartoons mocking Muhammad because they knew that was a taboo subject.  Riots ensued in Muslim countries.  Over 200 people were killed in those riots.  Some of those cartoonists to this day need constant police protection because of Muslim fanatics.  Even in America, in 2010, Molly Norris had to change her name and go into hiding because of Muslim fanatics want her executed.  She’d proposed an “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day,” then rescinded the proposal.  No matter.  A fatwa was put on her head.  Shamefully, most of the press wouldn’t even report on that and wouldn’t even republish the controversial Danish cartoons and thus favored the mantra “thou shalt not offend” over courageous truth telling.  Yale University Press published a book, The Cartoons That Shook the World, yet in a mind-boggling disgraceful action, censored out the Danish cartoons that shook the freakin world.  Islam’s Shariah law, not just ISIS, demands the cartoons be censored… and the cartoonists executed.   For me, as a cartoonist, I know that Islam is the subject that is most dangerous to satirize and Muhammad the most dangerous to depict.  I know when I self-censor.  Just the same, I have published cartoons critical of Islamists.  And I am very much tempted to depict Muhammad and his executioner devil disciples for the next front cover of The American Dissident.  Surely, that would be a far better expression of solidarity with the executed Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, than posting #JESUISCHARLIE. 
 
Finally, if we have a miracle, it is certainly not Allah or Muhammad or his cowardly henchmen, but rather the fact that Charlie Hebdo will be published next Wednesday—one million copies, instead of the usual 60,000.  The remainder of the Charlie Hebdo journalists and other workers will be meeting at the headquarters of Liberation, a French newspaper, because their headquarters was decimated not only by massive splattering of blood and brain matter, but also by fire.  Daniel Greenfield of Frontpage Magazine is right:  “We stand up for freedom of speech by practicing controversial speech in defiance of those who would censor us. Mere sympathy is not solidarity. Standing up to the Jihadists takes more than a hashtag. It demands that we practice the freedom they hate so much.”  Today, I placed a large sign in front of my house, not with #JESUISCHARLIE, but rather with
 
R.I.P.
Charb & Charlie H.
Vive
La Liberté de parole
Le Prophète
(A drawing of the prophet as a devil)
 
Image: A person reads the latest issue of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan 7, 2015, after gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of the weekly in Paris. - PHOTO: AFP – Courtesy of straitstimes.com

G. Tod Slone is a GFP Cartoonist - click here to see his work.


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