A Turkish cartoonist will be put on trial for a caricature he drew in which he renounced god, daily Habertürk reported on its website Wednesday.
The Istanbul chief public prosecutor’s office charged cartoonist Bahadır Baruter with “insulting the religious values adopted by a part of the population” and requested his imprisonment for up to one year.
Baruter’s caricature depicted an imam and believers praying in a mosque. One of the characters is talking to God on his cellphone and asking to be pardoned from the last part of the prayer because he has errands to run.
Within the wall decorations of the mosque, Baruter hid the words, “There is no Allah, religion is a lie.” The cartoon was published in the weekly “Penguen” humor magazine.
Turkish Religous Affairs and Foundation Members’ Union and some citizens filed complaints against Baruter.
The public prosecutor’s office accepted the complaints and filed a lawsuit against the cartoonist.
From Hurriyet Daily News Hrrmmm free speech - what’s that? ~Mooglets
From Hurriyet Daily News
Hrrmmm free speech - what’s that?
[roughly drawn comic. Panel 01: Character, looking happy. ‘Hey atheists!’ Panel 02: Character looking jubilant. ‘If you don’t believe in religion, what year is it for you now?’ Panel 03: Character looking extremely smug and mighty. ‘HAHAHAHAHA! Religion:1 Atheism:0!’ Panel 04: A second character asks: ‘You DO know that nobody says A.D anymore, right? Common Era. Look it up.’ Panel 05: First character: ‘But..!’ Second character: ‘And you do know the word ‘Thursday’ comes from ‘Thor’? Norse God of thunder. Look it up.’ Panel 06: Both characters silent. Panel 07: First characters head explodes.]
[Image of the Abrahamic God leaning on a desk looking annoyed, watched by an angel and a number of cherubs. God is saying: ‘I’ve been trying to perfect some kind of intelligent design. But all I keep coming up with is a bunch of simple-minded, right-wing, fundamentalist, religious fanatics. I think I’ll just let the whole thing evolve.’ One of the cherubs is saying: ‘Why, they must be bush Republicans.’]