• Charlie Hebdo’s cover one year after the attack (and the Vatican’s reaction)

    Today marks a year after the terrorist attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on behalf of a pestilent god. Although the magazine took the unfortunate but understandable decision not to draw Muhammad again, they didn’t say anything about Allah.

    So this is the cover of issue on the first anniversary of the attack:


    A godly figure with a Kalashnikov over his shoulder and the headline: “One year later: The murderer is still at large“.

    This didn’t sit well in the Vat-cave:

    In a commentary, the Vatican daily Osservatore Romano said treatment of this kind towards religion “is not new” – and stressed that religious figures have repeatedly condemned violence in the name of God.

    “Behind the deceptive flag of uncompromising secularism, the weekly is forgetting once more what religious leaders of every faith unceasingly repeat to reject violence in the name of religion – using God to justify hatred is a genuine blasphemy, as pope Francis has said several times,” it said.

    Ohh, really? Why don’t we recall the words of Pope Francis exactly a year ago, when he advocated violence in the name of god:

    His comments followed the fatal attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.

    To illustrate his point, the pontiff told journalists on the papal plane his assistant could expect a punch if he ”cursed his mother”.

    It’s normal – you cannot provoke, you cannot insult the faith of others,” he said.

    That’s rejecting violence in the name of religion? Go figure!

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    • Rozza

      I would have thought the ol pyramid eye would be of interest. Is Charlie hinting that more mortal but just as unseen powers are somehow in cahoots with Allah?

    • Gaujo

      The clear thrust of the Pope’s message was a rejection of religious violence and an instruction not to provoke / insult others faith. The attempt to paint his anecdote of hitting his assistant for a momma joke as violence in the name of god is… pathetic. I mean, the crowd is actually laughing when he says it.

      So what are you trying to say, that the Vatican really supports the Muslim violence? Obviously not. That all religions support violence? Oh that trope sounds about right! How about condemning the Muslim Clerics who still lift up the murderers as heroes? How about actually confronting the fact that they beat the magazine into self-censorship? I don’t like the Catholic church either, but your scrounging around for scraps is overshadowing the bigger themes you’re handling.