“The mistakes you could blame Islam for can be found in other religions,” Laurent Sourisseau, the top editor and publisher of Charlie Hebdo, said in an interview this week with Stern, a German magazine, The Washington Post reported.
“We have drawn Muhammed to defend the principle that one can draw whatever one wants.”
The new editor of the weekly magazine claimed that he did not want to believe that the magazine “was possessed by Islam.”
Announcing his decision to stop prophet Muhammed cartoons, he said: “We’ve done our job. We have defended the right to caricature.”
Last January, France witnessed a blood-soaked week after a series of terror attacks that left 17 killed in the capital, including two Muslims.
Seeing the Charlie Hebdo attack as a betrayal of Islamic faith, leaders from Muslim countries and organizations joined worldwide condemnation of the attack, saying the attackers should not associate their actions with Islam.
Later on, French Muslims called for criminalizing insulting religions amid increasing anger around the Muslim world over Charlie Hebdo’s decision to publish new cartoons of Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him).