Ex-Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Joann Sfar: Don’t pray, Paris is about life

Nov 17, 2015

Photo Credit: Instagram / Joann Sfar


A French cartoonist has responded to the carnage in Paris with a cartoon asking his global friends not to pray for the City of Light — but instead to promote the message #ParisisaboutLife.

As news of the terror attacks spread Friday night, former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Joann Sfar posted a drawing on Instagram that has provoked a debate.

To “friends from the whole world,” Sfar wrote, “thank you for #prayforParis, but we don’t need more religion! Our faith goes to music! Kisses! Life! Champagne and Joy! #ParisisaboutLife.”

Instragram user junimond111 called Sfar’s message “The most reasonable reaction on a most unreasonable day.”

“Thank you,” nabbyws wrote in French. “I don’t have the words, thank you.”

Others pushed back on Sfar’s message.

“Tell that to the people who just lost their loved ones,” responded melodious_p.

Lucian Vinatoriu, whose handle is lux_hussein, said “this is great! except that the hashtag is about showing compassion, not about religion. d’oh…!”

The Paris prosecutor said Saturday that 129 people were killed in Friday’s attacks at the Bataclan concert hall, Parisian cafes and near France’s national stadium. Three hundred and fifty-two were injured, with 99 in critical condition.

As of late Saturday afternoon Eastern time, Sfar’s post had generated more than 14,700 likes and more than 600 comments.

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8 comments on “Ex-Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Joann Sfar: Don’t pray, Paris is about life

  • Yes, no more prayer which is useless, less religion and more reason and compassion and inclusion of people different from you (Jesus was all about inclusion, even women).

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  • NearlyNakedApe
    Nov 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Someone on Twitter should respond by starting a #sacrificeagoatforParis hash tag…

    There will probably be some old goat from the Vatican, trying to get in on a leading role in the act! – as they do when disaster strikes and there is any chance of starring in front of a praying crowd!

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  • In a blessed battle whose causes of success were enabled by Allah, a group of believers from the soldiers of the Caliphate (may Allah strengthen and support it) set out targeting the capital of prostitution and vice, the lead carrier of the cross in Europe – Paris.

    Make sure to keep stringing that cross around the necks of Parisians folks!

    Considering how central laicite is to French identity, this is all pretty galling.

    (Phew! Pun escaped by the skin of our teeth there.)

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    NearlyNakedApe says:

    “…..the lead carrier of the cross in Europe – Paris”

    Hah! Just one more striking demonstration of how out-of-touch with reality these Islamic Jihadists are: they probably think the Vatican is in Paris..

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    maria melo says:

    I don´t think it´s fair to blame any disatrous politics, as far as as it seems a cicle of vicious thinking, politics is a response itself. Intolerence isn´t either a justificationt. If one does not agree with me, I just remind you that in the middle ages caliphates cannot compare to what it would become now; as you must know in al-andaluz (spain) the three abraahamic religions lived together with great tolerance.
    Social studies about the motives and causes of such terror became numerous after 9/11, but I can tell you that the predisposition of personality is a major factor to consider, trigged by some social causes, of course.

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  • I’m getting really tired of this knee-jerk-like reaction of responding to tragic events (including religiously-motivated ones) by asking for prayers or offering “religiously-inspired” comments…

    Even the PBS NewsHour (which is supposed to be an unbiased news program) seems to be falling more and more for this kind of “religious-default”.

    Watch for example the very beginning of their last report on the Paris attacks (at 00:10 seconds), where they show a note with “God just needed some more angels” written on it:
    “…God just needed some more angels…”

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