Well, leave it to France to leave us with two big head-scratchers today. You would think there’s no bigger supporter of free speech than someone who has lost friends and colleagues to psychotic Islam. But a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist has distanced himself from what happened in Texas, claiming their cartoons - featuring the Prophet Muhammad in sexually graphic situations - aren’t anti-Islam.
While on 'Charlie Rose', cartoonist Jean-Baptiste Thoret claimed there was no comparison between the satirical magazine and the Texas event.
"To be honest, I can imagine the kind of comparison you can make between the Charlie Hebdo attack of January 7 and this event, but there is nothing to do [with one another], there is no comparison, absolutely no comparison," he said.
Thoret claimed that the Texas event was explicitly anti-Islam, while Charlie Hebdo criticized all religions.
While Glenn agreed that there is no comparison between the tragedy in France, where 12 people were killed, and the shooting in Texas where only the bad guys were killed, he took issue with where Thoret drew the line. Rather than focus on the tragedies, Thoret criticizes the Texas event as anti-Islam.
"[Charlie Hebdo] are not anti-Islamic. They're an anti-religion group of people," Glenn said after watching the clip. "They have the right to do that. But they do this to the pope and every other religious person. So they're not just anti-Islamic. They're anti-God."
"For this guy to say the Texas movement was anti-Islamic, but their movement is, what, loving? Journalistic?" Pat said. "It's embarrassing."