Looking for a thoughtful take on today’s horrific, deadly terrorist attack on Parisian journalists? Don’t look at the Catholic League’s Bill Donohue:
Oh, he blew it, all right:
Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
While some Muslims today object to any depiction of the Prophet, others do not. Moreover, visual representations of him are not proscribed by the Koran. What unites Muslims in their anger againstCharlie Hebdo is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad has been portrayed. What they object to is being intentionally insulted over the course of many years. On this aspect, I am in total agreement with them.
Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. In 2012, when asked why he insults Muslims, he said, “Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.” Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive. Muhammad isn’t sacred to me, either, but it would never occur to me to deliberately insult Muslims by trashing him.
Oh, and did we mention Donohue’s headline?
Reports: Shooting at Paris offices of satirical French mag Charlie Hebdo; Update: 10 killed, 3 policeman wounded; Update: Police now report 11 dead; Update: A rocket launcher? Update: Video alleges shouts of ‘Allahu Akbar’; Update: 12 dead, terrorist still at large