The Mosque of Paris has filed suit against a satirical weekly for publishing three cartoons of Islam's prophet - two of which were among those published by a Danish newspaper that triggered violent protests five months ago, judicial officials said Friday.
The suit was filed against Philippe Val, executive editor of Charlie-Hebdo, a satirical magazine known for its caustic humor, and against the Rotatives publishing house for the cartoons, which appeared in a February edition.
The Mosque of Paris considers the publication of the cartoons to be "a deliberate act of aggression aimed at offending people of the Muslim religion in their attachment to their faith," the officials said. They were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and asked not to be named.
I suppose we should be grateful that they filed a lawsuit instead of just going out and killing the editor.
Andrew Stuttaford at The Corner asks: "What, I wonder, will the courts of the land of Voltaire have to say about it?"
As a great admirer of Voltaire, let me paraphrase him and say that while I don't necessarily agree with what the cartoons say, I will defend anyone's right to look at them; print them; laugh at them and be offended by them.
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices. - Voltaire