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On Wednesday morning, Jan 7, 2015, in Paris, two jihadist terrorists stormed into the offices of a satirical magazine called Charlie Hebdo. They were armed with AK-47s, a shotgun and even an RPG. In short order they killed 12 people and wounded 11 others. Why? In their words “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad. We have killed Charlie Hebdo!” The magazine had previously republished the Danish cartoons from 2005 that depicted Mohammed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jyllands-Posten_Muhammad_cartoons_controversy), had put out an issue that was supposedly edited by him, another with a cartoon of him on the cover and other like pieces.
Lest you think that it’s an anti-Islam magazine, they did plenty of irreverent pieces on Christianity and Judaism as well as other cultural taboos. If I was a cartoonist I’d do a couple of other offensive cartoons (I was thinking Jesus reading Origin of Species and Moses breaking off the 11th commandment (don’t get caught) from the bottom of the tablet) and grab one of the funniest Danish ones. If someone reads this and can draw the cartoons or something similar I’d be glad to put them up, with or without attribution as you choose.
The pen may be mightier than the sword … in the long run. 20+ people just paid the short run price.
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