France is shutting down 20 embassies around various Muslim nations after a paper published a racy cartoon about the prophet Muhammad. The pictures feature Muhammed naked and other graphic images that were certainly meant to provoke a strong reaction. Glenn reacted on radio this morning.
“By the way, did you see what the French newspaper is doing? They’ve closed ‑‑ the French have closed down now 20 embassies because a French newspaper has decided they’re going to make fun of the Prophet Muhammad. I saw it today. That’s not making fun of the Prophet Muhammad. It is so unbelievably offensive. And I don’t ‑‑ I don’t really care. What do people ‑‑ what do people say about Jesus, what do people say about members of my church? Whatever. Get over it. But this, ” Glenn said.
“Yeah, it’s ugly. It’s really, really bad,” Pat added.
“I mean, it’s so ugly. And now the French are have to close down 20 embassies,” Glenn said.
Glenn warned that this kind of imagery is what will lead the world to outlaw parodies of figure like Muhammad, which is exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood wants.
In the wake of attacks against U.S. and other Western targets in the Middle East over the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims,” French authorities are voicing criticism at the timing of the publication and have deployed police to protect the magazine’s offices. Security at French diplomatic missions in the Mideast have also been bolstered. The French government said it planned to temporarily close its embassies and French schools in 20 Muslim countries this Friday to avert any injuries in the event of demonstrations after Muslim prayers.
Reuters quotes French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who told France Info radio: “Is it relevant and intelligent in this environment to add fuel to the fire? The answer is no…I’m very worried… and when I saw this I immediately issued instructions for special security precautions to be taken in all the countries where it could be a problem.”
Below is the cover for the magazine: