‘Koran is shit’ cover causes outrage

‘Koran is shit’ cover causes outrage

THE bane of every publisher of a periodical is to put an issue to bed, only to have a fresh angle develop a day or two later.

This morning I am spitting tacks because the March issue of the print edition of the Freethinker – sent to press just yesterday – features a lengthy and very entertaining tribute to  the irrepressible and mischievous François Cavanna, founder of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Francois Cavanna, who died aged 90 last month. Photo: IBO/SIPA

Francois Cavanna, who died aged 90 last month. Photo: IBO/SIPA

If Cavanna, an ardent atheist who died aged 90 on January 29 had hung about a little longer, he would no doubt be merrily chortling  over the fact that Charlie Hebdo has annoyed French Muslims – again!

So much so that they are planning to have it prosecuted for blasphemy.

What infuriated them this time is a cover which declares:

The Koran is crap, it doesn’t stop bullets.


In 2011, the magazine’s offices in Paris were destroyed in a firebomb attack after it produced a issue it called Charia Hebdo.

Its website was also hacked with a message in English and Turkish cursing the magazine:

You keep abusing Islam’s almighty Prophet with disgusting and disgraceful cartoons using excuses of freedom of speech. Be God’s curse upon you!

No firebombs this time. Instead, the League of Judicial Defence of Muslims (LDJM), led by the former lawyer Karim Achoui, has decided to turn to the courts instead.

Taking advantage of the existence of the crime of “blasphemy” uniquely available in the Alsace-Moselle region – it no longer exists in the rest of French common law – the League has brought the case against Charlie Hebdo to the Criminal Court in Alsace-Moselle’s capital, Strasbourg. The hearing is set for 7 April.

One complication is that the Alsatian blasphemy law does not recognise Islam, covering only Catholicism, three forms of Protestantism and Judaism. This test case will decide whether the law can be widened to include Islam.

The LDJM is also trying to prosecute Charlie Hebdo in a Paris court for:

Provocation and incitement to hatred on the basis of religious affiliation.

The Tribunal of First Instance in Paris will decide whether the case can proceed.

France has racial and religious hatred laws that are intended to protect only individuals. French courts will consider cases that cause “injury, personal and direct attack against a group of people because of their religious affiliation” or incitement to racial or religious hatred in cases involving defamation of individuals.

Two of CH's many Islam covers. The first reads '100 lashes if you don't die laughing and featured on the back page Mohammed wearing a red clown's nose. The second is a special edition of 'The Life of Mohammed'.

Two of CH’s many Islam covers. The first reads ‘100 lashes if you don’t die laughing’ and features on the back page Mohammed wearing a red clown’s nose. The second is a special edition of ‘The Life of Mohammed’.

 Hat tip: BarrieJohn

25 responses to “‘Koran is shit’ cover causes outrage”

  1. barriejohn says:

    “The Koran is shit”; that’s just a statement of fact. Bibles, however, have saved thousands of lives down the years if you believe half the stories that abound on the subject.

  2. axel says:

    I can never figure out why an all powerful God whether Allah or the myriad versions of the Christian God requires violent or non-violent defence against criticism by unbelievers.

    Obviously fundamentalistic adherents to the faith do not believe that their omnipotent God is capable of defending him/her/itself?

    What an indictment of moral destitution!!

  3. Paul Cook says:

    BARRY Good article. This isn’t a criticism. There is no French ‘common law’. They have a civil codified legal system.

    Maybe just write ‘French law [applicable to the whole country]

  4. oldmanjenkins says:

    Their god must not be very powerful is they have to fire bomb a building because their feelings were hurt. Someone better call a waaaaambulance!

  5. Angela_K says:

    I expect the case is being funded by Arab oil money, in particular the Saudis. An interesting test case but probably doomed to failure and unfortunately it will give the muslims something else to be outraged about.

    I agree, the koran and all other so called holy books are shit. Has anyone tested the proposition that the koran can’t stop bullets? So, in the interest of science an islamist nutter holds said koran and someone else will shoot at it. Even a .22 or .177 would go through, it would be a test of the victim’s faith.

  6. charlie says:

    The various incarnations of this doG based on old Abe are all gutless weaklings. I say this with confidence as Jehova, YHWH, Allah, or whatever one calls him/her/it never seems able to defend itself, ever. OK, with the possible exception of events in the “holy books” of the “big three” religions. Except for the supposed incidents in those books of fantasy, when has this doG ever done one damn thing that can be traced to its direct involvement?
    Every xtian, Jew, and Muslim are all told they must do dog’s work. Well, IF this doG is so damn powerful, why doesn’t doG do his/her/its own work? Why must this doG rely on relatively weak humans to do her/his/its work? That sure is (not) a damn powerful deity they have. I say their doG is nothing except a fig newton of a warped imagination. Jesus never existed. Mo most likely never existed either, and if he did, he WAS a pedophile among his other various crimes against humanity. The same goes for YHWH/Jehova, a blood thirsty, very nasty thing.
    ALL religion is fantasy and false. None of them deserve any respect as they give none, not even to their followers.

  7. steve the atheist says:

    If they stopped being so outraged and butthurt ,we probably would stop poking fun at them. They just invite it. Good luck with the court case Mes Braves.

  8. mradol says:

    Charlie-Hebdo used to be a good satirical newspaper, insightful, where everybody were hauled over the coals (religious, politician, racists…).
    Nowadays, it’s only a shadow of it’s former self. Mr Val did a lot for that.

  9. remigius says:

    I protest. Surely if the Koran is impervious to both truth, and science, it can withstand a couple balles?…

    …which I translate as bollocks.

    Is the Koran impervous to bollocks?

    No. It’s bloody full of it!

  10. Carl Kolotylo says:

    Wow, the religion of intolerance? Pretty damn lucky to be living in Canada where we have a ringside seat to the wingnut evangelicals south of the 49th.Always thought I was a pretty tolerant person, but watching what goes on in the rest of the world…..

  11. Pierre le Rock says:

    Très drôle. Bien fait France

  12. Pierre le Rock says:

    Nothing ridicules islam more than the hysterical outraged shrieking temper tantrums of the average narrow minded self hating under achieving bigoted muslim bigmouths. They ache for things to be offended by and then whip themselves up into spittle flecked frenzies. Fuckwits one and all.

  13. jay says:

    Angela _K ” An interesting test case but probably doomed to failure and unfortunately it will give the muslims something else to be outraged about.”

    This is France, where there are actual laws against offense (based in part on the laws outlawing antisemitism). The Muslims have won some high profile cases.

  14. L.Long says:

    EVERY time some dogmatic sheeple goes ape schite over some slight or other, they are proving to one and all that their dumb-arsed psychotic gawd-fairy is a useless powerless imaginary pile of BS.

  15. Robster says:

    Are we taking full advantage of the OTT outrage of those inflicted with the islamic nonsense? If we tease them enough, simply by pointing out in a non PC manner the absurdity of their nasty belief system, they may, as a group, explode. Wishful thinking I know, but what a show it would be! The entire ‘community’ of muzzies blowing up, without bombs being strapped to their bodies, relieving the world of a big chunk of religious bullshit. Then, with a bit of careful work, the non believing community could perhaps cause the other big mob of believers, those afflicted with christianity to just spontaneously explode too and with the exception of the other 40,000 belief systems on offer, this would clean things up most adequately. I’m not suggesting violence of any sort, we can leave it up to the religious to outrage themselves to dust.

  16. barriejohn says:

    Angela: That’s hilarious. What’s more worrying is that, according to the Mail, the “fatwa” against Salman Rushdie has been renewed, twenty-five years on:

    They’re mindless morons.

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  18. barriejohn says:

    What is also worrying about this case is the propensity now for suing people thousands of miles from where they live, or where they might have committed some so-called “crime”, on the basis that they have broken the law in a far off country (especially where libel laws are concerned). Where is this going to end? Are we all going to be packed off to Kuala Lumpur because we have offended the sensitivities of Muslims (not a difficult thing to achieve)? Let’s hope the case is thrown out, though they might fancy their chances with Mr Injustice Eady!

  19. Paul Cook says:

    @Angela thanks.
    Off of the dailynazi-web site. [The Mail]

    They do these people say this utter shit:‘
    “Protecting life against all possible dangers and keeping it safe is an issue agreed upon by all religions and is clearly stipulated in verse 4/29 of the Holy Quran: Do not kill yourselves or one another. Indeed, Allah is to you ever Merciful.’

    What a crying shame on ALL of them that they do NOTHING to prevent suicide bombers and encourage it.
    I cannot find enough words to express my contempt.

  20. barriejohn says:

    We all need religion to tell us that it is wrong to kill one another; how else would we know? As the majority of Muslims appear to be living on Mars already, does that mean that they have to kill themselves anyway? Catch 22, I fear.

  21. barriejohn says:

    “I don’t believe it!”. Regarding being tried in absentia, news just in:

  22. Miksa668 says:

    I don’t know, that cover is being a bit harsh. After all, toilet paper and cigarette roll-ups can’t stop bullets either, but are pretty useful in other ways, just like the koran.

  23. Cyclop Oid says:

    @jay wrote:
    “This is France, where there are actual laws against offense (based in part on the laws outlawing antisemitism). The Muslims have won some high profile cases.”

    That’s easy to fix. Just pick some verse in the Koran that is offensive to some non-Muslim (say, ‘Jews’) and replace the word ‘Jew’ with the word ‘Muslim’. Based on the holy principle of ‘égalité’ you should be safe.

    Now of course the same can be done with other holy books (including the Bible) but hey, holy (is) shit…