When I read about a French Embassy alert being issued for French embassies world wide, I assumed it was just another chapter of chaos regarding “the innocence of Muslims” movie.
But I was wrong, it appears Muslims have found yet another thing to become angry about, riot and spill blood, this time being a French satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo.
Security is now being stepped up at some of France’s embassies around the world, after the Charlie Hebdo magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
A battalion of Riot police have now been deployed around the Charlie Hebdo magazine’s offices in Paris to protect against revenge attacks from French Muslims.
In November, the magazine’s offices in Paris were gutted by a petrol bomb attack after it named the Prophet Muhammad as its “editor-in-chief” for an issue.
French embassies, consulates, cultural centres and international French schools in twenty countries will be closed on Friday as a precaution of Muslim violence similar to that being seen all over the world in the aftermath of the anti-Islam movie from America.
Unsurprisingly, Muslims have not shown any understanding of free speech towards Charlie Hebdo, as the magazine confirmed that its website has been attacked and was not accessible as of Wednesday morning.
Its paper edition features caricatures which play on both the uproar in the Islamic world over an amateur video which mocks Islam and the row over the publication in France of topless photos of the Duchess of Cambridge.
A central tenet of Islam bans the portrayal of its founder, the Prophet Muhammad, but allows as much praise as you can give of the mass murder, rape, forced conversion and torture Muhammed inflicted across the Arabian peninsula.
The editor of the Charlie Hebdo magazine gave a great viewpoint: “I’m not asking strict Muslims to read Charlie Hebdo, just like I wouldn’t go to a mosque to listen to speeches that go against everything I believe” and that the images inside the magazine will “shock those who will want to be shocked” and asked “The freedom of the press, is that a provocation?”
The French ministry even contradicted some of the fundemental principles of France to ensure Muslims do not riot and set half of France in flames again,
A statement about the cartoons on the French foreign ministry’s website recognized freedom of expression as one of France’s fundamental principles, as well as secularism and respect for religious convictions.
Yet at the same time giving the message that freedom on expression ends when Muslims are offended and threaten violence, as the statement then added that the French Prime Minister condemns any “excesses”
While no list of countries affected was immediately available, the embassy in Jakarta announced on its website that it would close on Friday.
French schools in Tunisia were due to close from Wednesday afternoon until Monday morning.
France has the EU’s largest Muslim community, which is over 10% of the population and rapidly growing.
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