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1. 5 Billion Muslims have their feelings hurt

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A record 3 million copies of the new edition of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have appeared on French newsstands, with new caricatures triggering outrage among Muslims all over the world, and threats from radical Islamists.

British radical preacher Anjem Choudary, who is allegedly connected with armed militant groups, decried the new edition as an “act of war” and a “blatant provocation.”

Many mainstream Muslim organizations also reacted by saying that the mere depiction of the prophet is a sacrilege: Egypt’s Islamic body Dar al-Ifta branded the publication “an unjustified provocation against the feelings of 1.5 billion Muslims,”

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Unjustified provocation? Unjustified? They get slaughtered in the name of Islam and retaliate with what? Violence? No. Murder? No. They mock those who massacred them and bravely show that they will not be silenced and that freedom of speech is a cornerstone of any democracy, no matter how many sensitive petals get their widdle feelings hurt.

Who do they think that they are kidding really? This is not about hurt feelings this is about domination. Islam wants to turn the west into a puppet that it controls. Charlie Hebdo have defiantly cut the strings and given them the finger. I support them 100%. No more, no more. Islam does not get to terrorise us into silence, because the day they succeed is the day that all our rights and privileges in our democracies end.

Many mainstream ( in other words moderate ) Muslims have said that the mere depiction of the prophet is a sacrilege.

Hang on one cotton picking minute. When did France become an Islamic state under Sharia law? Only under Sharia law is the depiction a sacrilege. Only if you are a Muslim is it sacrilege. The cartoonists are not Muslim.

Other religions equate sacrilege with breaking a moral and ethical code such as rape or murder or pedophilia. These are moral and ethical lines that most religions, faiths and non religious beliefs have in common. Only Islam refers to dogma or man made rules as things that are sacrilege to break. Think about this for one minute. Drawing a picture of Muhammad is sacrilege, marrying and having sex with a nine year old is not.

Face of the day

Today’s Face of the day is a man of courage, a man who stood for freedom of expression, a man who persisted in the face of danger. His body guard was not able to save him or the others at his newspaper. I honour him, and them today and I challenge us all to not let their deaths be in vain. We too must be brave. We too must stand strong against this worldwide threat against the freedoms that we hold so dear.

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Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier Photo: AFP

Stephane Charbonnier, editor of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, was among four cartoonists killed in the Paris massacre which left 12 people dead in total.

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