'Prophet has been avenged' in attack on Paris magazine that kills 12

Terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a snarky satirical magazine, killing 12 – ten journalists and 2 police officers. The attack was clearly revenge for the magazine’s mockery of Mohammed and Islamists:

Pierre de Cossette, a broadcast journalist with Europe1 News, said: 'Several men in black cagoules were heard to shout 'the Prophet has been avenged'.' (snip)
The latest tweet published by the magazine's official Twitter account featured a cartoon of Abu Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State. (snip)
The magazine once named Prophet Mohammed as its guest editor, published cartoons of the holy figure in the nude, and once renamed itself Sharia Hebdo with the cover slogan '100 lashes if you don't die of laughter'.

The controversy began in 2006 when the publication printed a now-infamous Danish cartoon of Prophet Mohammed which lead to days of protests across the Muslim world and landed the in court charged under anti-racism laws.

Their offices were burned to the ground in 2011 when attackers used Molotov cocktails to start a blaze early in the morning of November 2.

Picture of office via Twitter and UK Daily Mail

This was a well-planned and organized attack, and the gunmen excsped and remain at large:

Witnesses said that the gunmen had called out the names of individual from the magazine. French media report that Charb, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist who was on al Qaeda most wanted list in 2013, was seriously injured.

Note that Islam offers religious sanction for the killing of those who blaspheme Mohammed. These actions are not “extremism,” they are piety. That is the sad truth of Islam, however unpleasant it is for us to ponder it.  There are millions of Muslims in Western societies, whose orthodox religious beliefs are completely incompatible with Western values of freedom of expression.

When Germans protest against the Islamization of their country – by which they mean the imposition of Islamic values (such as, for instance, killing those who mock Mohammed), they are labeled Nazis by the provost of the Cologne Cathedral, and their Chancellor pleads with them to stop voicing their complaints.

We’ll see if Muslim religious leaders in France and elsewhere step up and condemn the violence, saying that by choosing to live in Western countries, Muslims must learn to live with Western values. I am not holding my breath waiting for that.

But unless they do, they pose the question for their host countries: Do they want to submit to Islam, or do they want to insist that a condition of remaining in society is rejection of religious doctrines incompatible with a free society?

Terrorists armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a snarky satirical magazine, killing 12 – ten journalists and 2 police officers. The attack was clearly revenge for the magazine’s mockery of Mohammed and Islamists:

Pierre de Cossette, a broadcast journalist with Europe1 News, said: 'Several men in black cagoules were heard to shout 'the Prophet has been avenged'.' (snip)
The latest tweet published by the magazine's official Twitter account featured a cartoon of Abu Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State. (snip)
The magazine once named Prophet Mohammed as its guest editor, published cartoons of the holy figure in the nude, and once renamed itself Sharia Hebdo with the cover slogan '100 lashes if you don't die of laughter'.

The controversy began in 2006 when the publication printed a now-infamous Danish cartoon of Prophet Mohammed which lead to days of protests across the Muslim world and landed the in court charged under anti-racism laws.

Their offices were burned to the ground in 2011 when attackers used Molotov cocktails to start a blaze early in the morning of November 2.

Picture of office via Twitter and UK Daily Mail

This was a well-planned and organized attack, and the gunmen excsped and remain at large:

Witnesses said that the gunmen had called out the names of individual from the magazine. French media report that Charb, the Charlie Hebdo cartoonist who was on al Qaeda most wanted list in 2013, was seriously injured.

Note that Islam offers religious sanction for the killing of those who blaspheme Mohammed. These actions are not “extremism,” they are piety. That is the sad truth of Islam, however unpleasant it is for us to ponder it.  There are millions of Muslims in Western societies, whose orthodox religious beliefs are completely incompatible with Western values of freedom of expression.

When Germans protest against the Islamization of their country – by which they mean the imposition of Islamic values (such as, for instance, killing those who mock Mohammed), they are labeled Nazis by the provost of the Cologne Cathedral, and their Chancellor pleads with them to stop voicing their complaints.

We’ll see if Muslim religious leaders in France and elsewhere step up and condemn the violence, saying that by choosing to live in Western countries, Muslims must learn to live with Western values. I am not holding my breath waiting for that.

But unless they do, they pose the question for their host countries: Do they want to submit to Islam, or do they want to insist that a condition of remaining in society is rejection of religious doctrines incompatible with a free society?