Magazine office burns as Islam issue hits stands
Police officers stand in front of the burnt out offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
November 2nd, 2011
08:42 AM ET

Magazine office burns as Islam issue hits stands

The offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo burned early Wednesday morning, the day it was due to publish an issue with a cover appearing to make fun of Islamic law.

The cover has a bearded and turbaned cartoon figure of the Prophet Mohammed saying "100 lashes if you're not dying of laughter."

The magazine's publication director said the fire was caused by a Molotov cocktail.

The executive, identified on CNN affiliate BFM-TV as "Charb," expressed outrage at the attack.


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  1. Mike

    I know what you mean. They are calling this war but we haven't fought a real war since world war 2. The media is to politically correct. Throwing our soldiers in jail for things they can not control. The day is coming just like in world war 2 where it is us or them and something tells me it will be them!

    November 2, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thomas Mc

    Religion is the seed of mental illness.

    November 2, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  3. boo baby

    So your saying that christ is mentally ill thats a good one which redfines every thing there was a really good conversation going on here with people who really knew what they were talking about with a tremendous sense of humor

    November 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @BtBC: funniest magazine *ever*!
    They'd been the first to poke that hornet's nest, and the first molotov...

    November 2, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    It is.
    Kansas mosque burned after receiving anti- Islam letters. Pastor Jones is fond of burning copies of the Koran as a past time.
    What I personally think is that if 1.2 billion folks on this planet follow a particular faith & revere their religious book or prophets Why chose to hurt their feelings?
    How would the Buddhists feel if an idiot from among us gets up & publishes a caricature of Buddha or reviles him? Or a deity worshipped by Hindus? Or try making fun of the Holocaust ? It would hurt those of the Jewish faith.
    We do not take Jesus Christ seriously so folks can get away with poking fun at him or reviling him. But others take their faith seriously.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      The Simpsons have poked fun at Hidu deities numerous times. I'm not sure what the reaction was.

      Please do not offer my god a peanut.

      November 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Hindus are monotheists, too. All the 'dieties' are different manifestations of the same being. Vishnu? I think.. I made a 'hindu' cleric once, researched a little..

      As far as i know, the only faith that routinely and en masse reacts poorly to jokes and humor about their god is the muslims.

      Not that there's anything wrong with that.. I'd like to think if i believed in a god, i'd be offended if someone belittled him/her/it..

      November 2, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Boo baby:
    It's an opinion, neither any more or any less valid than your or mine.

    No-one has to *like* it...

    November 2, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    @ Mike

    No we are not fighting wars. We just bomb invade & occupy lands thousands of miles away, belonging to others & killing them who don't want us on their lands. That's alright because as you so wisely point out, it is not war.
    Abu Ghraib in Iraq, sport killing in Afghanistan & such are just events soldiers can't control. Great.

    November 2, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maxim

    The East has been trying to conquer our civilisation since Darius marched out of Persia to Marathon. What they couldn't accomplish by invasion will now succeed by immigration. This will only get worse (ref: Bawer. While Europe Slept. Doubleday. 2006).

    November 2, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    George carlin had this.

    All we do now is bomb brown people.

    We hadn't bombed white people since hitler.

    That's because he was trying to run the world and that's *our* fkin job!

    November 2, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Scottish Mama

    I think in islam you are not suppose to have pictures of mohammad.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. The Punmaster

    I slam extremeism in any form.

    November 2, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    The West has been talking about the East invading it since the two found each other. It'll never happen – the mexicans won't allow it. (ref: leeintulsa, this just in, 2011)

    November 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    Leeintulsa, you just made the coffee come out of my nose...owwwww! Lmao!!!

    @Scottish Mama:
    I have heard that, also.
    That being said, they do not have to buy the magazine.
    One could write a letter to the editor, preferably without the words "Infidel! I will keel you!" in it.
    That's how civilized people behave.
    And once again, stay in the countries that support similar beliefs.

    And leave the lighter at home....

    November 2, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. fernace

    I'd like to take the opposing view for a moment!First, do we know for sure the molotov was issued by a Muslim or are we assuming! Second, France is staunchly against predjudice & bigotry, to the point that it's illegal! Except when it comes to Islam! Then they want women to give up their headscarves & find it funny to satirize their religion! I can guarantee this magazine has never featured Moses or Abraham or Noah or any other Jewish/Christian icon to poke fun at! The blatant hypocracy & disregard of Muslims human rights sparks dissention & retaliation! That's what people do when they're pushed up against the wall! Considering that Most Muslims are peaceful persons going about the biz of providing for their families & living life, like every1 else, it's attrocious & ludicrous to put them all in the category of Terrorists! al-Qaeda, al-Shabaab & other terrorist networks use religion as an instigator, an excuse & a handy tool but they're no more Muslims than Anders Breivik was Christian!!

    November 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. THE Prophet Mohammed

    MY HANDS are on fire cause i have jock itch. and remember never to tip the pizza man, islams first rule is to be cheap no tipping jerks.

    November 2, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
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