On a similar tone, I'm wondering why NO newspapers in America dared to publish even ONE cartoon of Charlie Hebdo.
Everywhere else, there is a debate. In Germany, In England, in Spain, in Africa... even a Jesuit review (officially sponsored by the Vatican himself) dared to do it to make us understand what "freedom of speech" and "democracy" means. But not within the US. Shame!
Is it RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY? Or worst, religious bigotry?
Does that mean that religious people in America remain that powerful, and that blasphemy is still widely perceived as an horrible Sin??
We French should be thankful for both George Clooney and Arnold Schwartzenegger who, while sitting at two different sides of the political spectrum, agreed to show their support in public.
In France, we have another saying about Freedom of Speech, and it is the current motto of perhaps our most famous weekly, the "Canard Enchaîné" [ Le Canard encha ]. And it is very important.
"La liberté de la presse ne s'use que quand l'on ne s'en sert pas".
It could be translated this way : "The only way to use up your freedom is never to use it".
That's why, for instance, I concluded so easily that the cartoon of Joe Sacco posted by Qre:us was in fact a sanctimonious leftist bullshit [I'm a Lefty myself, therefore I think I can recognize a leftist bullshit when I face one; this is called self-criticism], and that Sacco was entirely missing the point of satire and being irreverent.
From Paris where I stand, I am under the impression that the US are now ruled by a kind of religious political correctness.
Thus I will publish some of these caricatures here, with the hope that they won't be censored. It will be a kind of test. And keep in mind that people have died because of them. When he eventually faced the terrorists armed with rifles, the last gesture of Charb before being shot was a "bras d'honneur" [ Bras d'honneur - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ].