Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Murdered Charlie Hebdo Editor Slams Critics, Racists and Fascists in Posthumous Book

Letters to the Swindlers of Islamophobia who play into the Hands of Racists is one of the better titles

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That stuff behind Charb is wreckage from a prior assassination attempt. But yeah, he's not as brave as Garry Trudeau. |||

Stephane Charbonnier, the loved and hated (and now dead) editor in chief of the French satirical cartoon newspaper Charlie Hebdo who was better known by his nom-d'art "Charb," is still tweaking his critics—you listening, Garry Trudeau?—from the grave. In a book published Thursday, which NPR.org translates as Letters to the Swindlers of Islamophobia who play into the Hands of Racists, is a broadside, among other things, against the term "Islamophobia." Writes the Associated Press:

He pillories the unquestioning use of the term "Islamophobia" by some journalists either out of laziness or commercial interest, and decries politicians who fan what he considers an unfair debate on national identity.

In an opening poem that targets preconceived notions, Charb writes that his intended audience includes those who "think it's written in the Quran that drawing the Prophet Muhammad is forbidden … think caricaturing a jihadist in a ridiculous position insults Islam … think a drawing is more dangerous than an American drone."

But Charb also condemns people who demonize Muslims: "If one day all Muslims in France converted to Catholicism … these foreigners or French of foreign origin would still be seen as responsible for all ills," he wrote.

More Charb quotage, care of France 24:

By what twisted logic is humor less compatible with Islam than with any other religion? … If we let it be understood that we can laugh at everything except certain aspects of Islam because Muslims are much more susceptible than the rest of the population, isn't that discrimination?

I sincerely hope the book gets translated into English and soon, so we can mail it to all the ghoulish insta-Charlie-experts who spent the days after an entire newsroom got assassinated rifling through its archive to condemn images and commentary they did not remotely understand.

Reason on Charlie Hebdo here, including a piece from me on the day of the attack. Here's a video of me, Katherine Mangu-Ward and some other friendly people talking about it that day on TV:

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  1. …because Muslims are much more susceptible than the rest of the population, isn’t that discrimination?

    Is it discrimination if the targets themselves are the ones forwarding it?

  2. First. My life is officially over.

    1. Ha!

    2. RIP

  3. He is right, of course, but I don’t see any arguments there that haven’t been made a thousand times by a thousand others.

    People intent on enslaving others don’t care about reason, logic, or truth.

    And yeah, fuck Gary Trudeau with a rusty chainsaw.

  4. By what twisted logic is humor less compatible with Islam than with any other religion? … If we let it be understood that we can laugh at everything except certain aspects of Islam because Muslims are much more susceptible than the rest of the population, isn’t that discrimination?

    Forget it, Stephane. It’s Muslimtown.

  5. The entire history of the Western political left is one of violence with plausible deniability. It started with the French Revolution. There upper middle class and lower aristocratic leftists encouraged and used the mob as a terror weapon against their enemies. Radical Muslims are just the new mob. Leftists see Muslims as a violent victim group that can be used on their enemies. Unfortunately the mob once it starts is difficult to control. Leftists never seem to learn this.

  6. The troll. . .from BEYOND THE GRAVE!!!

    1. +1 internet points, not redeemable for bitcoins.

    2. Now there’s a movie idea: ghost of murdered cartoonists haunts and terrorizes Islamic extremists!

      1. I’d see that movie.

      2. And who sends the ghosts?

      3. Who are they gonna call?

      4. I’d see that episode of Scooby Doo.

  7. I’m not sure there is a better current example of the complete and utter failure of the left to defend free speech than Monsieur Trudeau.

    His screed was embarrassing on a variety of levels, but the idea that he thinks that HE should be able to decide what speech is fair and what is not is so completely ignorant of the principle it’s baffling.

    1. Like all lefty shits he doesn’t believe a word he says. He is just signaling.

      1. I disagree. I believe very strongly that he has utter contempt for free speech.

        1. To be precise, he has utter contempt for your free speech. His own free speech, however, is cherished like an idiot child

  8. “But Charb also condemns people who demonize Muslims: “If one day all Muslims in France converted to Catholicism … these foreigners or French of foreign origin would still be seen as responsible for all ills,” he wrote.”

    Garry Trudeau was right about him – racist scum.

    1. Catholicism is a better religion than Islam, but it’s still pretty shitty, pretty much the worst version of Christianity (though Purtianism sucked as well)

  9. “By what twisted logic is humor less compatible with Islam than with any other religion?”

    Islam itself is not the problem, it is more of a symptom. Culture is the problem. In a primitive culture every act, every aspect of life, is predetermined and ritualized. Such people don’t think creatively, they don’t solve problems. There is only one way to do things. They are not imaginative and thus far less intelligent than people who don’t live under those kinds of restraints. Thus their idea of humor is pure slapstick. They don’t see the subtle kinds of humor that we indulge in as humor at all. They really are incapable of getting it.

    This of course is a generalization. I know Muslims who are quite intelligent and sophisticated, but there are large enough numbers of them still living under rocks for it to be a problem.

    1. In a primitive culture every act, every aspect of life, is predetermined and ritualized.

      Primitive culture? Sounds like the beltway to me.

      1. Got a prob with “flyover-land” huh? You, you GEOGRAPHPHOBE!

  10. Not going to Stephane Charbonnier’s funeral means one is intolerant of what he did.
    Not wanting to buy Charlie Hebdo means one is intolerant of the magazine.

    At least that is the lesson I took from Welch’s last piece.

    1. And he got all butt hurt when I called him out on it. I like Matt too. But damn he should have known better

      1. It’s the Elvis Costello glasses. EC is still butthurt over the fact that he was called out over a (probably non-serious) comment about Ray Charles so everything he does since is nothing but boring “I’m not racist” social signaling.

      2. I’m not butthurt; you’re just wrong.

    2. The biggest social signaling came from those who condemned Charlie Hebdo.

      “Yeah yeah, freedom of speech but… [fuck those cartoons!]”

  11. “If one day all Muslims in France converted to Catholicism … these foreigners or French of foreign origin would still be seen as responsible for all ills”

    Well, if they continued their disproportionate share of welfare dependency, crime, and support for terror, yes, they would still get blamed for a disproportionate share of those ills. (“All ills” is a straw man.) If they started acting like average French Catholics, France would be a lot better off.

  12. What I want to know is, why is the picture of him taken in front of what appears to be a mound of garbage?

    1. Have you ever been to Europe?

    2. Check the alt-text, bro.

  13. I will be attending this film and event tonight, Mr. Welch.

    I’m only half-joking here, but I’m keeping an eye out for nervous Somalis wearing bulky jackets (our city has a very large Somali population).

    Tha blurb:

    Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy
    Freedom of expression is under attack, and, as highlighted in the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, it’s the artists on the front lines.

    In St?phanie Volloatto’s timely documentary, 12 loveable lunatics capture the comic and tragic from four corners of the planet?France, Tunisia, Russia, US, Burkina Faso, China, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Venezuela, Israel, and Palestine. These cartoonists risk their lives to defend democracy, with a smile on their faces and a pencil as their only weapon.

    After the screening, join the Star Tribune and MSPIFF at Aster Cafe’s River Room to peruse a selection of incredible art by cartoon artists from around the world, and meet Jeff Danziger and Star Tribune Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Steve Sack.

    1. Jeff Danziger is the Official Cartoonist of the Democratic Party. Absolutely terrible.

  14. “… these foreigners or French of foreign origin would still be seen as responsible for all ills,”

    Especially those damn Franks and Visigoths : Austrasia for the Austrasians !

    1. That’s actually a curious thing about France – much of their culture is of a foreign origin. They speak a Latin based language, instead of a Celtic based language, even though the latter was native to the area.

      Indeed, apparently while there are still pockets of Gaelic speaking people, they are somewhat persecuted.

      It’s yet another example of how open borders/colonization screws over the native people and culture. (Is there ever an example of where it does work? Great for the invaders/colonists, though)

      1. One could argue that some colonialism, as painful as it may have been at the time, left the colonized countries better off. Being a former British colony is often a huge plus, e.g. Hong Kong or even India. Being a Dutch colony, well maybe. Being a German or Belgian colony, though….

        1. One of the arguments for the success of the British colonies is that the Brits didn’t really have the overwhelming military power that the French or Spanish empires had at their primes. So the British had no choice but to set up local governments, working under crown appointed overlords. So once the British left their former colonies, the former colonists were usually able to keep on going, with a few changes.

          Compare that to the strongman policies of the French or Spanish empires, where once the foreign strongman put in place by the crown left, he was simply replaced with another strongman. I wouldn’t exactly consider Jamaica a success story, but it’s fucking Xanadu when compared to Haiti.

          1. + 1 Comedian

  15. So Charbonnier spends his life railing against racists and fascists, but who wound up killing him?
    Hint: Not racists and fascists. If the racists and fascists he spent his time denouncing actually had any power or influence, most likely he’d still be alive today.

    1. Not racists and fascists.

      Pretty sure they were, just of a different variety.

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