Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Charlie Hebdo & Texas Cartoon Contest Differ In a Hugely Important Way

"One day after two jihadist gunman attempted to shoot up a Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest in Garland, Texas before they were killed by police, Charlie Rose invited two cartoonists for the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which experienced a deadly attack on its offices earlier this year, to comment on the parallels — or lack thereof — between the two incidents.

“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,” Jean-Baptiste Thoret said in a clip of a longer interview set to air tonight.

While he described the group that put on the event in Texas as part of an “anti-Islamic movement” against the “Islamization of the U.S.,” Thoret said the motives of Charlie Hebdo are “absolutely not the same.” For the magazine, he said it “was a question of criticizing” all religions, not Muslim people “in particular.”"

Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

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