Oct 28, 2020 17:59 UTC
  • Leader on Macron’s profanity: Are free speech, insult equal?

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei urges the French youths to question the so-called reason underpinning French President Emanuel Macron’s support for insult against the Prophet of Islam (blessings of God upon him and his progeny) in the name of “free speech.”

Addressing the youths in a statement on Wednesday, the Leader advised, “Ask your president why he supports insulting God’s Messenger in the name of freedom of expression.”

“Does freedom of expression mean insulting, especially a sacred personage?” Ayatollah Khamenei asked.

Last Wednesday, Macron supported a French teacher’s displaying of cartoons insulting Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) in his class. “France will never renounce caricatures,” Macron declared, defending the teacher for “promoting freedom.”

The teacher, Samuel Paty, was murdered by an 18-year-old Chechen teenager. Commenting on the attack, Macron described Islam as a religion “in crisis” worldwide, trying to suggest that the assailant had been motivated to kill the teacher by the faith rather than radicalism.

Macron insisted on his position again on Sunday by tweeting, “We will not give in, ever.” The Leader called the French statesman’s insolence a “stupid act” that served to affront the reason of the very people, who have voted him to power.

Ayatollah Khamenei, meanwhile, asked how come -- from France’s perspective -- questioning the Holocaust was “a crime” that warranted imprisonment, while insulting Prophet Muhammad could be condoned.

The French head of state’s effrontery has opened the floodgates of backlash from Muslims around the world, with numerous Muslim states and peoples issuing condemnatory statements against Macron or rising in thousands-strong protests.

Many Muslim companies and associations have also boycotted French items in protest.

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