French magazine’s desecration of Prophet Muhammad savagery: Iran's cleric tells religious forum
French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been severely criticized at an international religious gathering in Tehran for republishing offensive cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).
Addressing the gathering on Tuesday, Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Qaemmaqami condemned the decision by Charlie Hebdo to re-circulate the sacrilegious cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny) as an act of “savagery.”
Representatives from Nigeria, Yemen, Argentina and Pakistan attended the international gathering.
“That the French publication says ‘it has done the right thing and will do that again’ is indicative of an inherent malice,” Ayatollah Qaemmaqami said.
“We hope that humanity will have a change of heart and that the current Satanic rule, which is a throwback to the ignorance of the past will end soon,” he added.
The cartoons were republished earlier this month on the eve of the trial of suspects in a deadly attack on the paper’s office five years ago, drawing strong criticism from Muslim countries who call it an Islamophobic act.
French President Emmanuel Macron refused to condemn the measure, citing freedom of expression, claiming it was not right for a political leader to get involved in editorial matters.
In Iran, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei condemned the French magazine, saying such hostile moves are rooted in the “deeply anti-Islamic policies” of Zionists and arrogant governments.
Ayatollah Khamenei also denounced as “unacceptable” French politicians’ refusal to condemn the blasphemous caricatures under the guise of respecting free speech.