It’s no surprise that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan would condemn the French school teacher who showed his class a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the prophet Mohammed as an example of freedom of expression. But he had nothing to say about the savagery of the revenge beheading of this teacher in public by a Muslim terrorist.
However, what really infuriated Erdogan was when French president Emmanuel Macron defended the teacher’s right to free expression and the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists’ right to poke fun at the Prophet Mohammed.
PJMedia In fact, Erdogan was so outraged that he declared Macron needed “mental treatment” because of the anti-Islamic extremism laws he is trying to pass.
The mention of the prophet in a comical situation was enough to send the Muslim world into a tizzy. From Gaza to Pakistan, protests have erupted against France, President Macron, and the French republic.
Paris recalled the Turkish ambassador and relations between the two countries have become frigid. An even deeper rift is in French opposition to Turkey claiming a small island that’s also claimed by Greece. France sent warships into the region in support of Greece and Erdogan didn’t like that at all.
One thing you can say about the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo — they are absolutely fearless. After 12 of their staffers were butchered in a 2015 Islamic terrorist attack on their editorial offices following the publication of the Mohammad cartoons, you would think that the magazine would treat Muslims with kid gloves.
Then, you don’t know Charlie Hebdo. This week’s edition features Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the cover in a “compromising” situation.
The cartoon depicts Erdogan sitting in a T-shirt and underwear, drinking a beer, and lifting up a woman’s hijab to expose her bare backside. Drinking alcohol is considered haram, or forbidden, by most Muslims, and Erdogan has long condemned it.
The caption reads, “Erdogan: In private, he’s very funny” while the Turkish president chugs a beer. A woman in a Muslim hijab objects when Erdogan raises her skirt to reveal a bare (hairy) backside. “Ouuuh! The Prophet!” says Erdogan on a speech bubble, suggesting Erdogan was only pretending to be a staunch defender of Islam.
Erdogan says that he will have the state prosecutor look into filing charges against the magazine, which is sure to have the cartoonists and satirists at Charlie Hebdo shaking in fear. They will probably draw a cartoon about it next week.
AP “We strongly condemn the publication concerning our president of the French magazine, which has no respect to faith, the sacred and values,” Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, wrote on Twitter.
Kalin said: “The aim of these publications, that are devoid of morality and decency, is to sow seeds of hatred and animosity. To turn freedom of expression into hostility towards religion and belief can only be the product of a sick mentality.”