Under Islamic law â€” not Islamist law â€” Molotov Cocktails replace letters to the editor.
The Daily Mail reports:
â€œOffices of French magazine torched after latest edition mocked Prophet [sic] Mohammedâ€
First, notice the religiously correct references to Mohammed. My old AP Stylebook recommends â€œMohammed,â€ plain and simple, to denote â€œthe founder of the of Islamic religionâ€ â€” not â€œthe Prophet Mohammed,â€ as the Daily Mail story calls him. This title is inflected with the obeisance of acceptance.Â (I note also that my old APÂ Stylebook recommends â€œJesus,â€ not â€œthe Son of God Jesus.â€) The magazine, by the way, was commenting on the rising power and fortunes of sharia and its Islamic â€” not Islamist â€“ proponents in Libya and Tunisia.
Hereâ€™s the â€œoffendingâ€ cover via Vlad Tepes:
Molotov cocktails were today used to burn down the headquarters of a leading French magazine because it mocked the Prophet Mohammed [sic]. Arsonists struck shortly after 1am at the Paris offices of Charlie Hedbo, a Gallic version of Private Eye which prides itself on its mix of cutting satire and investigative journalism.
Its latest edition carries a cartoon image of a bearded Mohammed â€“ something which is blasphemous under Islamic law â€“ and pretends that it is being â€˜guest editedâ€™ by the Prophet.
It is accompanied by the slogan â€˜100 lashes if you donâ€™t die of laughterâ€™, and the magazine is renamed â€˜Sharia Hebdoâ€™, after Sharia law.