Stéphane Charbonnier (“Charb”), the editor of Charlie Hebdo who was murdered by Muslim thugs, has a new book out, sadly still only in French, that was completed just two days before his death, and published April 9. The New York Times has a brief description of the book, which gives the lie to two myths about the magazine:
1. It made fun of Islam but not of other faiths, and
2. It was “Islamophobic,” that is, it made fun of Muslims in general and thereby was a “hate magazine.” In reality, the magazine was pro-immigrant and against those segments of French society that denigrated immigrants, including Muslims.
But there’s also another important part of the book:
3. It warns of the dangers of Western liberals capitulating to fears of Muslim rage
Here’s what the Times says about Chabonnier’s book, which I hope will soon be translated into other languages (Arabic…
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