// Free speech only exists to insult Islam, insulting anyone else is a crime(France
    Peace be upon you,
    Welcome to Madinat Al-Muslimeen, the City of the Muslims. Please feel free to visit the different hot spots around the Madina and post any discussion, articles, suggestions, comments, art, poetry, events, recipes, etc etc. Basically anything you would like to share with your sisters and brothers!! Non-muslims are also of course quite welcome to share their comments. If this is your first time here, you need to register with the city council. Once you register you have 15 days to post your mandatory introduction and then you will be upgraded to a Madina Citizen, God Willing. Please note that our city does have regulations which are listed in the city constitution. Read them carefully before moving in. P.S. - You can also post anonymously if you wish. P.S.S. - Also be sure to check out our ARCHIVES from 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007. :)

Random Quote: When many astronauts go to space, they see the insignificant size of the earth and vastness of space, and they become very religious, because they have seen the Signs of Allah. --Cat Stevens
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Free speech only exists to insult Islam, insulting anyone else is a crime(France  (Read 619 times)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
cheese
Guest
« on: Aug 08, 2008 01:14 AM »


Cartoonist gets death threats over Sarkozy 'Jew' quip
Adam Sage in Paris

Police are investigating alleged death threats against a left-wing cartoonist denounced as an anti-Semite for suggesting that Jean Sarkozy, the son of the French President, was converting to Judaism for financial reasons.

The threats came amid a vitriolic row that has divided the Parisian intelligentsia into supporters and opponents of Maurice Sinet, 79, who works under the pen name Siné.

In the latest development in a controversy marked by insults, libel claims and mud-slinging, the anti-capitalist cartoonist filed a lawsuit with police over what he said were death threats on a Jewish Defence League website.

In an apparent call to stab him a message from a site user said: “20 centimetres of stainless steel in the stomach, that should make the son of bitch stop and think.”
Related Links

    * Cartoon wars and the clash of civilisations

    * US TV boss steps down after 'gay' cartoon row

Sinet said: “I didn't really want to file a lawsuit but my wife is getting seriously upset.”

In a society still marked by the scars of the Alfred Dreyfus affair — the Jewish army captain accused of spying by anti-Semitic forces in the 19th century — the cartoonist has found himself at the heart of heated debate over French attitudes to Judaism.

L'affaire Siné, as it is known, began a month ago when the cartoonist wrote a column in Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly, about the engagement of Mr Sarkozy, 21, to Jessica Sebaoun-Darty, the Jewish heiress of an electronic goods chain.

Sinet repeated an unfounded rumour that the son of the President planned to become Jewish and added: “He'll go a long way in life, that little lad.”

The remark caused fury amid claims that it alluded to age-old prejudices about Jews and money.

With the press speculating that Mr Sarkozy could sue Charlie Hebdo, Philippe Val, its editor, asked Sinet to apologise.

“I'd rather cut my balls off,” he replied.

He was fired and Mr Val said that his comments “could be interpreted as making a link between the conversion to Judaism and social success and that was neither acceptable nor defendable in court”.

The move was applauded by antiracist groups but it hit a nerve in the French left-of-centre establishment where Sinet, who rejected the accusations of anti-Semitism, is considered as a libertarian figurehead.

An online petition defending his right to free speech has been signed by more than 8,000 people.

Twenty eminent intellectuals, including the philosopher Bernard-Henry Lévy, wrote to Le Monde to defend the decision to dismiss Sinet.

“Once too often, Siné has crossed the line between humour and insult, caricature and hatred,” they said.

The notorious Dreyfus affair

— Alfred Dreyfus was the son of a wealthy Jewish textile manufacturer

— The army officer was accused of selling military secrets to the German military attaché in 1894

— He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1895

— Doubt about his conviction began to grow when it was discovered that the handwriting on an incriminating letter was that of a Major Esterhazy, who was engaged in espionage

— In 1898 a letter by the novelist Émile Zola, accusing the army of a cover up, was published in Aurore newspaper

— In 1904 the convictions were reversed at a retrial

— The army did not formally declare his innocence until 1995
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to: