Reportedly, the magazine publishers, calling themselves a 'defenders of free speech' and a 'denouncer of religious backwardness' maintained that caricatures are meant to satirize the video and the violence in its wake.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith has strongly condemned the cartoons and warned that they could exacerbate violent protest against the western countries.
It needs to be noted that Muslims consider any irreverent behavior toward the Prophets, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs as blasphemy. In Islam, the penalties for blasphemy can include fines, imprisonment, flogging, amputation, hanging, or beheading.
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