Well, please do not stop!
As someone who married a cartoonist I also am feeling this horror.
Oh, Jools, it’s so awful, isn’t it? Dunno what to say.
Whose rights to say what, exactly?
The rights of gunmen who do their missionary work at the point of a kalashnikov, or the rights of magazines like Charlie Hebdo and Le Canard Enchaine to make quite reasonable and mild comments on Islamic extremism?
Because, let’s be clear here, Islam, as practised by these gunmen is not a religion of peace, and those of us who have actually read some of the Q’ran have the suspicion that Islam, as practised by them, with all its irrational, medieval, anti-black, anti-Jew, anti-women rhetoric looks alarmingly like fascism. In November a journalist from Macleans was successfully sued (ie intimidated) by the Canadian Islamic Congress for making some critical comments on Islam. (I won’t say anything else about this in case it might be illegal to criticise a Court Finding. The Law remains an Ass, unfortunately.)
Before you protest that my rhetoric is itself anti-Muslim, take a gander at the Q’ran and its prescriptions for the Dhimmi*. (That’s us unbelievers, by the way) God is great, we all agree, but not so great as to be able to dispense with the help of psychopaths with guns yet.
The Muslim world is united in its condemnation of this attack, I am told. Oh good.
(*For the sake of brevity, I will not quote the actual Surahs, but will give references if asked)
The rights of magazines like Charlie hebdo and Private Eye to mock institutions and everything we hold dear up to the clear light of day. I don’t agree with everything they say. Some of their stuff makes me cringe, but yes, I would defend to the utmost their right to say it. How could you think otherwise?
This is scarier to me than the NYC attacks in 2001.
My dad’s favorite quote. Thank you ❤
Amen to that.
Quite. As a journalist, I feel this very much.
Yes. Me too.
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