Extremism is at its height at the moment, to deny that is to put one’s head in the sand. There is no place for hate based upon religion, culture, race , ethnicity or sexuality and it should not be tolerated. The lesson from all this cannot be that we have to watch what we say. I’d like to see every paper/magazine in the free world reprint the same cartoon that supposedly invoked this “vengeance” to show support and strength…to show that we will not be intimidated.
I was born and raised in Europe. My heart was saddened by the news. As I was trying to find the right words…still debating if I should make a post on my little blog and there came a post from a blogging friend. who I adore. He didn’t give me a choice, I had to reblog:
As flies to wanton boys are we to th’ gods. They kill us for their sport.
The world has been drowning in the bloodshed of religious violence for thousands of years. Greece vs Egypt vs Rome vs Turks vs Mongols… Christians vs Muslims vs Jews… Shia vs Sunni… Catholics vs Protestants… eternal hatreds, endless wars. We like to think of ourselves as advanced and enlightened, but our medieval roots are showing.
Nine years ago, this commentary was published following the violent reactions of religious extremists to the publication of a Danish cartoon. So we don’t have to wonder what the late Christopher Hitchens would have to say about today’s massacre at the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo. It’s worth another read, and sadly just as relevant now as it was then.
“Therefore there is a strong case for saying that the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, and those who have reprinted…
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