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It is a pitty that Charlie Hebdo's actions are interpreted in the light of an ongoing cultural war with regards to cartoons featuring Muhammed. But it is not strange or surprising, indeed it is expected.

I can't find the article about the french cops cartoon. I remember reading about it here on ET and might have written a snarkish comment, but my Google-fu is to weak to find it. France, police and cartoons feature commonly in the news threads. Maybe someone else remembers it. Probably in 2006 or 2007.

I had better luck with the Spanish royals.


BBC NEWS | World | Europe | Spain royal sex cartoonists fined
Two Spanish cartoonists have been found guilty of offending the royal family and fined 3,000 euros (£2,100) each.

Their cartoon, on the front page of the weekly satirical magazine El Jueves in July, depicted Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia having sex.

The edition was pulled from newsstands across the country by police.


Granting special exceptions demanded by particular groups for arbitrary reasons is a slippery slope.

Oh, are you arguing law? I have no issue with French law allowing for depictions of the prophet. Is there any serious reason to expect drawing such cartoons to be outlawed in France?

I am arguing morals, I see not the pressing need for drawing pictures of a prophet in a religion that does not like it, hence I think it is wrong to do what is sure to be interpreted in the light of the danish cartoon controversy and its aftermath.

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by A swedish kind of death on Thu Jan 3rd, 2013 at 12:24:40 PM EST
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Perhaps you might widen the discussion, as I hoped would happen, to the rights of the polity to dampen the enthusiasm of the religious nut.

 Isn't figuring out governance hard enough without having to joust with every fevered imagination? It might even be impossible, which is my contention, based on historical data.

Align culture with our nature. Ot else!

by ormondotvos (ormond.otvosnospamgmialcon) on Sat Jan 12th, 2013 at 10:16:26 PM EST
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