Australian newspaper publishes Muhammad cartoon

Cartoon from The Australian.

SYDNEY, Australia — An Australian newspaper Saturday published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad arguing with Jesus, as it urged support for free speech in the wake of the deadly attack on a French satirical weekly.

Twelve people were killed in Wednesday’s attack by extremists on magazine Charlie Hebdo’s office in Paris, prompting cartoonists around the world to put pen to paper in solidarity with their French colleagues.

The Weekend Australian newspaper published the cartoon by Bill Leak entitled “Let us pray” in which Jesus is holding up the Koran and telling Muhammad: “I’ve told you this needs a sequel,” a reference to the Bible which has an Old and New Testament.

To which Muhammad, brandishing a newspaper with the headline “World at War,” replies he can’t return to human form right now because he would be “crucified”…