Hard-Left cartoonist Garry Trudeau here attempts to clarify earlier remarks he made blaming the victims for the Charlie Hebdo jihad massacre. However, he only ends up digging the hole deeper and affirming his submission to violent intimidation and implicit acceptance of Sharia blasphemy laws.
Jihad Watch reader Bill informs me that in the full interview, Trudeau says that the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were “not at all to blame,” but then says “I didn’t agree with the decisions they made that brought a world of pain to France.”
But it was the jihad mass murderers, not Charlie Hebdo, that brought a world of pain to France. If they were not willing to commit mass murder in the service of Sharia blasphemy laws, France would not have experienced any pain at all. Trudeau is saying that the proper response to a thug who threatens to kill you unless you shut up is to submit and obey. That is to install a thugocracy, allowing those who will kill the most people the most ruthlessly the right to rule.
Trudeau also says, “I wouldn’t draw pictures of the prophet….” This is presumably because he says that he doesn’t “have the right to decide what is sacred and holy and profane for someone else.” But that is not what is at issue regarding cartoons of Muhammad. There is no question that Muhammad is sacred and holy to Muslims. The question is whether or not that fact obligates anyone else. If I believe something is sacred and holy, does that oblige you also to respect it? Trudeau would apparently say yes. I doubt, however, that he would say the same thing when it came to Piss Christ or the dung-encrusted painting of the Virgin Mary that was exhibited in New York a few years ago. But Christians won’t kill him for offending them.
“Garry Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, Doonesbury and the Future of Satire,” NBC News, April 25, 2015 (thanks to Bill):
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau responded to critics of a speech he gave earlier this month who alleged he blamed the victims – his fellow cartoonists – for the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris.
In an interview with Chuck Todd airing on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Trudeau said he was “not at all” blaming the victims and that he “should have made it a little clearer that I was as outraged as the rest of the world at the time. I mourn them deeply.”
Trudeau said it’s “not really for us to decide,” whether or not the Prophet Muhammad can be satirized. “I mean, we, as societies, collectively decide what’s untouchable. But I don’t have the right to decide what is sacred and holy and profane for someone else. All societies come to a consensus about that.”
But religion is not a red line for the “Doonesbury” creator. “I certainly wouldn’t draw pictures of the prophet [Muhammad]. However, I’ve done many cartoons satirizing in the specific: terrorists, the Taliban, Al Qaeda, the P.L.O… and have never received any blow-back from the Muslim community. They understand that I’m separating out the two.