Employees checking the arrival of the then forthcoming edition of the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, January 13, 2015, Paris, France. (photo credit: AFP/MARTIN BUREAU)
Two Charlie Hebdo journalists have rejected any suggestion of similarities between a deadly attack on the French satirical magazine and a failed armed assault on a Mohammed cartoon event in Texas.
Two men toting assault rifles were shot dead Sunday when they attempted to storm a controversial exhibit of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed in Garland, a suburb of Dallas.
Some drew parallels between that and the attack in January in Paris when two Islamist gunmen — enraged by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed — attacked the offices of the magazine, killing 12 people.
“There is absolutely no comparison,” Jean-Baptiste Thoret, the magazine’s film critic who only avoided the attack because he had been late for work — told Charlie Rose on PBS, according to an advance transcript Monday.
“You have a, as you said, a sort of anti-Islamic movement (in Texas)… the problem of Charlie Hebdo is absolutely not the same,” added Thoret, flanked by Gerard Biard, chief editor of the magazine…
Charlie Hebdo were always leftists.
Pamela Geller, 56, is the president of an organization called the American Freedom Defense Initiative. Like most groups that festoon themselves in such empty, nonsensical, star-spangled pablum, the AFDI is a panoply of racism and Islamophobia.
Its predictably amateurish webpage—which unceasingly assaults the eyes with pleas for donations (minimum $18/month)—contains no discernible mission statement. But, according to tax documents obtained by the AP, the AFDI bills itself as an organization set against “capitulation to the global jihad and Islamic supremacism.”