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France Steps Up Security at Embassies as Magazine Publishes Prophet Mohammed Cartoons

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France will close its embassies and schools in around 20 countries on Friday because of fears of a hostile reaction to a magazine's publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, the foreign ministry said.

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Alexandra Rodda (180)
Wednesday September 19, 2012, 5:12 am
Why do people do this? Is it Muslim agent provocateurs that do this? Surely no one would be stupid enough, particularly at this time to publish such a thing?

Mike H (252)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 9:56 am
Muslims need to learn about P.R. Murdering people doesn't promote a good image of their "religion"

Stan B (123)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 3:10 pm
Muslims are holding the world to ransom and getting away with it.

valda p (13)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 3:42 pm
This is a battle -between Sharia law and -freedom of speech -muslims imposing -their beliefs and values on the West -'To supress-free speech is a double wrong-it violates the right o the hearer's as -- well as the those of the speaker"--Frederik Douglas-American politician.

Talya H (10)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 4:54 pm
Thanks for the share!

Gloria H (88)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 5:21 pm
considering they cut off the hands of one cartoonist, the radicals are dangerous. Maybe things will blow over in a few years, but then do we have to be afraid in our own countries? One thing to go to THEIR countries and show cartoons and films to people with no sense of humor, unable to think for themselves, and another to just enjoy our freedoms here, risk being sued by anyone or corporation personhood.
Again- I am not a fundamentalist. I am sure that not every single muslim is one either. Just because I am white, the KKK doesn't speak for me, because I live in California doesn't mean I go along with everything Jerry Brown votes on. Because I am female doesn't make me a feminazi, or a "homemaker", or a good cook.
we have seen pictures of muslims who ARE apologizing for the bombings by radicals, people who are just like you and me under the skin, breathing the same air, seeing the same sun and moon ,who want peace. They exist.

louise Woychesko (1)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 7:47 pm
Freedom of speech is NOT disrespecting someone's religion and/or culture and deliberately trying to offend them...

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday September 20, 2012, 11:09 pm
Thanks Cal. This is a bit like shutting the door after the horse has bolted!

Tom Edgar (56)
Friday September 21, 2012, 12:12 am
Louise. If I find religion, any religion, risible, and idiotic why should I be restricted in stating my thoughts regarding that particular religion? I don't know of a single atheistic,agnostic, secular organisation that advocates any form of restraint on religious behaviour other than that their beliefs should not be imposed on another person.

I have no hesitation in saying That any Jew who believes in a Magician who started all the the life before and immediately after the mythical "Flood" or any Christian believing in the "Virgin" birth or the "Second Coming" or the Mormons with their puerile beliefs are all fools. I doubt that it will lead to my execution so why should my antipathy to the meanderings of an illiterate leader of Islam be any different? You can all say equally I am a fool, I won't even hit you. Might say Prove it.

Cheryl Morel (4)
Friday September 21, 2012, 6:02 am
Muslims have to get used to the idea that this planet is inhabited by all humans regardless what religion or country or colour. RESPECT is the word they must learn. I am a Roman Catholic and many times they have poked fun at the Catholic, BUT do you see the Roman Catholics go out and start killing people, NO. They are always poking fun at our POPE. It is by high time that all Christian countries close down these mosques and send them back home. Christians cannot practice there religion in a Muslim country, we can't even have a church built, so WHY do they want to be in a western country? They hate the west so much but continue to live in the west.

Marilyn L (107)
Friday September 21, 2012, 2:46 pm
I, for one, refused to be dictated to by any religious zealots no matter the religion. Like I said earlier there is an unflattering picture of Jesus and some some jokes about his wife on Care2 this am, but I haven't heard anything about Christians rioting because of it.

Islam needs to understand that those of us who are not Muslim have every right to say, write, produce whatever we wish about Islam or their prophet,. They need to understand this is the 21st Century for goodness sake and stop acting like a bunch of uneducated barbarians, which I know most are not.

valda p (13)
Friday September 21, 2012, 3:35 pm
The -threat of violence should not become an excuse or justification for restricting -freedom of speech.---truth does not need -censorship to defend it.

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:48 pm
Political cartoons are the best form of satire. These religious zealots need to get use to the idea that they may be offended by someone pointing out the stupid things that they do. I am sure that the Prophet Mohamed would NOT go on the same kind of rampages that these deluded followers are committing. I think that Blackwater should have the protection contracts for the embassies. They don't seem to have any problem making these fools martyrs.

Cate S (7)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 6:09 am
One of these cartoons is particularly offensive - & something that I found sickeningly vulgar And I'm not a Muslim. If the same cartoon was about Christians or Jews there would be an outrage. Inferring that any religious leader or prophet was produced from someone's anus is not political satire - it is just plain revolting. To publish this at such a sensitive time is beyond belief & represents the social awareness & sense or responsibility of a three year old. Freedom of speech is a precious privilege & should not be abused by such appalling vulgarity.

bob m (32)
Sunday September 23, 2012, 12:14 pm
anything short of submission or extortion can be considered provocation under islamic ethos.
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