London: Thousands of Muslims protest against murder of Paris cartoonists… no, wait…

Protesting all the wrong things, as usual

Protesting all the wrong things, as usual

You would have hoped that these Muslims would be protesting against the brutal murder of innocent human beings just for drawing a picture.

You would have hoped that they would be protesting against the ‘twisting’ of their religion by extremists who have somehow got the idea that the Koran justifies such actions.

You would have hoped that they were protesting against the teachings of hatred for non-Muslims (in particular Jews and Christians) that happen every week in mosques throughout the West.

You would have hoped that they would be urging Muslims to reject the bloodthirsty, warmongering incitements in the Koran, and instead strive to bring the religion into line with the 1400 years of progress the non-Muslim world has made.

You would have hoped that they would be condemning the barbarism and savagery which comes from being shackled to the 7th century by an illiterate goat farmer.

Then I am afraid to say you would have hoped in vain.

Because these Muslims aren’t protesting any of the above, they are protesting against the cartoons themselves, naturally:

At least 1,000 Muslim protesters gathered outside the gates of Downing Street to protest against the depictions of the Prophet Mohammed in Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine.

The protestors, many of whom were divided into groups of men and women, gathered just yards from the Cenotaph which remembers Britain’s war dead, and blocked half of Whitehall as they demonstated.

It comes weeks after two terrorists attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the Paris-based satirical magazine which had published images of the Prophet Muhammad, killing 12 staff and wounding 11 others.

The protest was organised by the Muslim Action Forum, which said that the Charlie Hebdo cartoons had helped “sow the seeds of hatred” and had damaged community relations.

One young child, who appeared to be under the age of 10, stood next to a placard displaying the message: “Charlie and the abuse factory”.

A series of Muslim leaders addressed the crowd from a platform outside the Ministry of Defence, with the message “Be careful with Muhammad”.

The meeting was organised by the Muslim Action Forum, which was handing out leaflets about the demonstration on Whitehall.

The leaflet said: “The recent re-publishing of the cartoons, caricatures and depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by Charlie Hebdo magazine and other publishers is a stark reminder that freedom of speech if regularly utilised to insult personalities that others consider sacred.

“Such actions are deliberating insulting and provoking to Muslims worldwide as British citizens, we believe that these publications will continue to ‘sow the seeds of hatred’ and damage community relations.” (source)

Because Islam trumps (and tramples in its wake) everything else, a fact which Western leaders singularly fail to grasp.

Note one of the banners in the photo above: “Learn some manners”. Clearly in Islamic circles, insulting the goat-farmer is bad mannered, but murdering cartoonists is perfectly acceptable.


  1. Iran has started a cartoon competition in response to the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. Send in your best Holocaust denier cartoon and win $12000!

    As utterly ridiculous as the subject matter may be, I think this is a much more reasonable response than shooting 17 people. Sure, it doesn’t help anyone, but it isn’t killing people either.

    I live in Paris, and know what the general populace was feeling when these shootings happened, but still watch the Australian media much in the same way one looks at a car crash. I cannot believe just how quickly Daesh apologists in Australia started making all kinds of excuses and justifying these deaths so soon after the attacks, as well as the tacit support from ‘our’ ABC in such matters. I utterly fail to see how cartoons should attract the ‘death penalty’.


  2. Whilst I am against the notion of sowing ‘the seeds of hatred’ in any situation, I still like to not take life too seriously. If you feel strong enough within yourself, you can handle other people’s satire and commentary about your belief system. If you believe your belief system is the right system, then that’s your right to practice it and live by it. If other people make fun of it and criticise it, that’s their problem. Murdering them in a barbaric manner only sows seeds of hatred and makes you look weak within yourself and your own belief system.


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