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I have no problem supporting muslems who wants to exercise their right to portray their profet. But that is not generally what happens, what generally happens is that westerners brought up in Christianity finds easy targets in another culture and thereby feeds the fundamentalists sense of a culture war against another culture.

Lets also remember that pictures of Muhammed - and republishing those pictures - became a big deal in February 2006 when non-violent protests, boycotts and symbolic destruction (flags, an empty embassy in Syria) in the Muslem world had got Aftenposten to apologise for offense they caused (30th of January 2005). Yes, it is a pitty for comic writers that gets caught up in a culture war they did not ask for, but it is not like this is the only taboo out there. Just by following the news, I have after January 2006 noticed that comics of the royalty in the nude is forbidden in Spain, as well as depicting cops as pigs is forbidden in France.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 07:43:50 AM EST
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Well, Charlie Hebdo is definitely not "brought up in Christianity" - they target the Catholic church with equal enthusiasm (and nastiness) but get less publicity from that as it is a more traditional fare for them, and thus not newsworthy...


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by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 10:07:32 AM EST
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I think you misunderstand me. I meant that to refer to persons growing up in a predominanatly Christian society, and thus better suited to critique Christian practises then any other. Am I wrong, is it a publication dominated by people grown up in any other culture?

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 03:05:23 PM EST
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You are not wrong.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 04:23:51 PM EST
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