Charlie Hebdo has More Guts than Entire American Media Combined

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


American media panics at the thought of a Muslim somewhere even seeing a Mohammed cartoon. No one had to firebomb CNN to get it to censor the Mohammed cartoons. The French anarchist weekly Charlie Hebdo on the other hand has been firebombed and it will still be publishing the Mohammed cartoons again.

Last year it published an edition “guest-edited” by the Prophet Mohammed that it called Sharia Hebdo. The magazine’s offices in Paris were subsequently fire-bombed in what was widely seen as a reaction by Islamists.

Charlie Hebdo’s latest move was greeted with immediate calls from political and religious leaders for the media to act responsibly and avoid inflaming the current situation.

French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault issued a statement expressing his “disapproval of all excesses.”

The magazine’s editor, originally a cartoonist who uses the name Charb, denied he was being deliberately provocative at a delicate time.

“The freedom of the press, is that a provocation?” he said.

Ah but to Muslims it is.

Dalil Boubakeur, the senior cleric at Paris’s biggest mosque, appealed for France’s Muslims to remain calm. “It is with astonishment, sadness and concern that I have learned that this publication is risking increasing the current outrage across the Muslim world,” he said. “I would appeal to them not to pour oil on the fire.”

Why not?

Because as Dalil admits, Muslims have so little self-control that they can’t help going into a violent frenzy. And there are only two ways to deal with. Either become sensitized to Muslim outrage or desensitize Muslims.

This is what I wrote 5 years ago.

We’re fighting a cultural war and humor is our best weapon. We’ve spent the last 50 years laughing and mocking every aspect of our societies. Let’s turn that laughter on Islam full bore. And Islam’s defenders will find it difficult to censor and silence humor, the way they can silence and discredit political commentary. To try and silence humor is to look like a prig and if there’s anything our politically correct cultural overlords hate, it’s to come out looking like the stuffy humorless totalitarian-minded fascists that they really are.

  • PapaBear

    It's Hebdo and it is a weekly. Constant typos and poor editing are holding back FrontPageMag from being taken more seriously.

    • JoJoJams

      You wouldn't take them seriously if they had no typos anyway. And I've yet to find an online news source (from ANY side) that doesn't have occasional typos and errors. Not saying that's correct, but if you can't see the forrest for the trees, that's actually YOUR problem.

  • Ghostwriter

    Hopefully,this will be a signal for many of us to push back against those who want to silence critical thought about Islam. We have a First Amendment for a reason. We should use it.

  • jemaasjr

    Islam is just a bully. A bully's reward is you submission. I am guessing there is not going to be that much reaction to this. The French are actually being a little in your face. Instead of arresting the movie maker as we did, they put up a guard in front of the publisher's office. Lacking our apologist in chief, they are less submissive and so they will not be as good a target. The boot lickers are currently showing more backbone than we are.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Lacking our apologist in chief, they are less submissive and so they will not be as good a target"

      How things have changed in 9 years.

      "The boot lickers are currently showing more backbone than we are."

      Exactly.

  • TiredofItAll

    I'm sorry, I don't see anything gutsy about insulting someone else's religion then watching innocent people who had no desire to do so die. If you wish to insult Mohammed in front of a crowd of Muslims in Cairo, you have guts, but making a film or publishing a cartoon and then letting others take the fall for you is juvenile behavior. Mohammed died in the 7th century, can we leave him alone and stick to criticizing people who are violent now?

    • pagegl

      Would you say this about those who have no problems insulting the sensibilities of Christians and Jews?

      • JoJoJams

        No. I'm fairly confident that when it came to "P1ss Chr1st" and the madonna image covered in chit, that this guy would have been at the forefront screaming we should just look away, it's ART and how dare the Christian demand their tax money doesn't go to support it!

        • TiredofItAll

          JoJoJams is precisely the type of person I'm talking about. Behind the cover of the Internet, he makes the worse assumptions about me. I have actually challenged Serrano during a speech he gave at a local college, and have often protested that my tax dollars not be used for things I don't support. Nonetheless, you're either raised with manners or you're not. Politely challenging a Muslim on their beliefs is one thing, abusing a man who they revere along with Jesus and Moses is childish.

      • TiredofItAll

        I would say this to anyone who acts like a child instead of an adult. I have confronted pretty much every type of ignorant person you can find on this earth, from atheists and fundamentalist Christians to pro-choice activists and feminists, and found that if you appeal to their sense of fairness, at least half will stop unfairly abusing their opponents. I have no problem with anyone fairly criticizing my faith or that of others. But this filmmaker set out to start a war, period. And unless you're willing to fight that war yourself, I question your courage.

    • pxxat5

      What Muslims do in their Lands is their business, they can burn their countries down I do not care, what God or prophet they worship in their house is their business, so be it, But in our lands we worship our Gods, and live by our laws, and have the freedom to say what we wish. Islam do not own the planet, If I go to Meca, I will obey their laws, but in my city, in my country, in my land I will live by our laws. I respect Allah , Jahovah , Budda, Shiva because their believers think they are Gods, they are not born of women, they do not grow old, they do not die like a Man does, so when a God speaks,…. not a man, and say they have made a man like a God I will respect that Diety too,..for.out of the mouth of Gods comes Truth, but out of the mouth of Men comes words..

    • Maya

      I am sorry, but I am tired of turbaned people from far away telling me what I should or should not read in my own country. As I have no interest in going to their mosques and hear them say things about me and my country, they should also learn to look away when we say things that they don't like.

  • chowching259

    Westergaard crossed a line in the sand when his cartoon of Muhammad wearing a bomb for a turban was created. The Charlie Heldo cartoon showing the prophet naked might have also crossed that line. But the ultimate cartoon is still on the drawing board, when released a billion Mujahedin will leave their prayer rugs and hunt for the Infidel who sketched the mother of Blasphemies.

    • mukenecca

      Wait a second… Vestergaard crossed the line, Charlie Hebdo crossed the line, Lars Vilk crossed the line, kuran burning pastor (forgot his name) crossed the line … and you still wait for the "ultimate line"?.
      "A billion mujahadin will leave their prayer rugs"? Unattended? Great! There will be a billion dirt-cheap prayer rugs on the black market! I'll get a couple. Not for praying, of course. One to put on the toilet floor, and the other in the dog house.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        I've been saying that we now have a winning strategy. Keep provoking them and none will be left in stealth sleeper mode to wreck our future because they'll eventually out themselves entirely.

    • JoJoJams

      The only one's who "cross thye line" are the fanatical adherents who can't form any rational arguments for their crappy "religion", and instead of honest debate (the bomb turbin/mohammed thing was valid, since mad mo stated "I have been made victorious through terror!", and since terrorists use this as justification for their bombings), they decide to riot and destroy – because the widdle baby egos get so easily bruised. And bear in mind that since mad mo had people who "mocked" him killed (even a poetess, killed with her suckling child!) then they are just devoutly following their insane "prophet". Speaking out about all this isn't "crossing the line" – it's "speaking Truth to tyranny!!"

  • judahlevi

    If a billion Muslims leave their prayer rugs to kill infidels, then the war will be on and they will lose – big time.

    America and Israel will not be dictated to by Muslims as to what rights they do or do not have. Bravo to this brave French individual who has the courage to stand by his convictions, and no, he did not "cross lines." There are no "lines" with free speech. Either you have it or you don't.

    It has been a while since the world has gone to war over a religion, but if the Muslims want one, then unfortunately that is what they will get.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If a billion Muslims leave their prayer rugs to kill infidels, then the war will be on and they will lose – big time."

      Exactly!