Paris, France – A satirical French newspaper known internationally for publishing controversial cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammed is planning on running a comic book biography about the religion’s founder.
Charlie Hebdo, the aforementioned paper, has drawn the ire of Conservative Muslims the world over for their fearless and satirical depictions of the Prophet Mohammed. Visual depictions of Islam’s most sacred figure are considered anathema, and it’s one of those sins that can get you looking over your shoulder among the more extreme adherents of the religion.
The magazine runs such sacrilegious images as an example of free speech, and they claim that the Mohammed biography is no different. Further, it will reportedly be “researched and educational,” according to The Raw Story.
“It is a biography authorised by Islam since it was edited by Muslims,” said Charlie Hebdo‘s publisher and the comic’s illustrator. “I don’t think higher Muslim minds could find anything inappropriate,” he continued.
The publisher, known as “Charb,” has received death threats in the past for the magazine’s visual depictions of Mohammed, and currently lives under police protection.
In November of 2011, the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo were fire-bombed, and their website hacked, apparently in protest of a special edition of the magazine that was re-named “Charia Hebdo” and featured Mohammed as “editor-in-chief” of the issue.
At the time, Charb told BBC that “If we can poke fun at everything in France, if we can talk about anything in France apart from Islam or the consequences of Islamism, that is annoying.”
“This is the first time we have been physically attacked, but we won’t let it get to us,” he said.
What do you think? Should Charlie Hebdo print their Mohammed comic strip, or just leave well-enough alone?