By Dexter Keyton, EnStarz | Sep 19, 2012 05:02 PM EDT
The Muslim world is outraged again over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
On Wednesday, the satirical weekly French magazine Charlie Hebdo released cartoons portraying the Prophet naked. The ridicule gives further fuel to spark anger within the Muslim community after a video was produced depicting Mohammad as a fool.
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The magazine published the cartoons in spite of retaliation from extremists. Police have been posted outside the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo after the controversial publication.
The cartoons in question showed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad naked as an attempt to make a statement over the backlashes caused by the video "Innocence of Muslims" and freedom of speech. YouTube has also stated that it will not take down the video from their website as it doesn't violate the terms of service relating to hate speech.
"We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory. But we've spoken repeatedly about the importance of upholding the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our constitution," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters in response to violence over the controversial video.
One of the infamous cartoons, entitled "Mohammad: a star is born," shows the Prophet crouched over to show his genitals and buttocks, according to Reuters.
Retaliations for previous insults to the Muslim faith have lead to attacks on U.S. and other Western embassies, the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
The magazine was urged not to print the cartoons by the French government, who planned on shutting down embassies and schools in 20 countries around the globe as a precaution.
Responses so far have come from Nabil Elaraby, Secretary-General of the Arab League, who said the cartoons were outrageous, but that those there were offended should "use peaceful means to express their firm rejection".
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