Update Jan 16 10:25am: C.B. Sashenka has revised the translation to fine-tune the nuances. The revised version is now posted below.
Charlie Hebdo has been offending Muslims for a long time. The trouble began long before last week’s massacre. Its staff had received death threats. Its offices were firebombed in 2011. Jihad websites had posted fatwas demanding that the editors, writers, and cartoonists who insulted the prophet be killed.
Mainstream Islamic sites were more circumspect, preferring indirect methods of intimidation — the implied threat of violence against those who “insult religion”, the iron fist of jihad in a velvet glove.
Once such site was Présence Musulmane (Muslim Presence). According to Oumma.com (via Point de Bascule) the website for Présence Musulmane was set up by Tariq Ramadan in 1996 to target French-speakers. In 2008, the Bouchard-Taylor Commission recommended that Présence Musulmane and 22 other Islamic organizations receive funding from the Quebec government.
Last September In September 2012, after some new “offense against the prophet” by Charlie Hebdo, Présence Musulmane published an article entitled “Non Charlie” that demonstrates the softer variety of Islamic threat.
The hardened mujahid says: “Those who insult the prophet of Islam must be killed.”
In contrast, the suave silver-tongued cosmopolitan taqiyya artist demands “the greatest respect that we owe to all those with whom we wish to live and die in peace”, the lack of which “will cost the lives of all those who believe that we can laugh at everything and everyone.”
Many thanks to C.B. Sashenka for the translation:
“We have no right to grant ourselves all the rights to offend and put down people in what they hold most sacred: the object of their faith or their distress”.
If offending is the expression of your freedom, then recognize that violence will be the expression of their freedom! No, do not say “but”! Make your choice…
I do not agree with you and will fight all my life if necessary so that you cannot, under the guise of freedom, trample the meaning of all transcendence.
For you it is freedom that transcends … for them it is transcendence that frees!
In the name of freedom of expression, it is not your life that is on the line, but the lives of others… Have you thought about this a little bit? About your compatriots in Cairo, Tunis or Tripoli? Who will soon no longer be able to read you…
Your cartoon is an insult to anyone who has two grams of intelligence and a minimum knowledge of the current situation, the forces present, and the desire for revenge to which you have just given life.
We have no right to grant ourselves all the rights to offend and put down people in what they hold most sacred: the object of their faith or their distress.
There is no freedom…there’s also the secret that goes with the greatest respect that we owe to all those with whom we wish to live and die in peace.
I know you know what everyone else knows: that any bad cause results in the worst effects…the innocent will have to pay for your limited freedom of free thinking devoid of responsibility.
We have no right to tamper with the Prophet when we want to mock him. If the Islamists do not come back … you have to tell them to their face, without violating their religion and their mark with your dark intentions.
Speak no more of freedom of speech…but of values and value scales.
And it is on this scale, it seems important to remember, that freedom of conscience comes first. We are not obligated to honor it indeed, but we don’t have the right to dishonor it.
Your cartoon is a sham.
Moreover, it amounts to marketing that will cost the lives of all those who believe that we can laugh at everything and everyone.
That is a declaration of war…a war of religion that no free expression in the world can be proud of.
If offending is the expression of your freedom, then recognize that violence is an expression of their freedom! It is a trade of bad practices.
No, do not say “but”! Make your choice…
Many thanks to Vlad Tepes for all his work on this, and for the screen shot.