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Charlie Hebdo cartoonists: To die standing for freedom

Written By | Jan 11, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., January 11, 2015 — Muslim terrorists this week attacked satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris and suddenly no other headlines mattered. The media forgot all about the infighting among House Republicans and stopped speculating on which Progressive Republican was going to get the party nomination for president in 2016.

The civilized world united against this barbarous act of terrorism—just as the uncivilized, mostly Islamic, world praised it.

Journalistic outlets throughout Europe who might not agree on much else agreed on Je suis Charlie, much as the French after 9-11 said Je suis Americaine.  Vigils were held and Hebdo cartoons were widely republished, giving the opposite of the intended effect.

Even the president got history right when he said the French were our oldest allies.


And yet the split in world reaction was reflected by the split here in the USA.

It must be acknowledged that the American left sympathizes with Islamists; they share a hatred of Western civilization in general and the United States in particular. Both movements expose their common totalitarian roots in their mixed reactions to this attack on free speech.

Slate magazine, for example, ran a headline announcing that Charlie Hebdo was both heroic and—you guessed it—racist.

…they refused to censor themselves, and so were gunned down. – Slate

Asma Hasan, who identifies herself as Muslim woman living in Denver, says in a somewhat rambling essay that while she feels sorry for the victims, their cartoons were, after all, juvenile and offensive. They should have been more respectful of the feelings of Muslims.

She condemned the attack because otherwise, she says, she would be considered sympathetic. She declares that she is NOT Charlie writing:

A new tag “I am Not Charlie” has appeared, and along with it, lots of smart responses to this feeling of hating what happened, but not loving Charlie.

The official White House statement condemns the violence but says nothing about free speech. In responding to the 2011 attack on Charlie Hebdo, White House spokesman Jay Carney said, “…we don’t question the right of something like this to be published; we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it.”

This time, nobody is up for re-election.

There is also the very predictable hand-wringing over fears of backlash against Muslims. The Jacobin, which bills itself as a leading voice of the American left, says “The murder of Charlie Hebdo journalists is appalling. But we should fear the coming Islamophobic backlash.”

The Jacobins unleashed the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. Nice people to name yourself after.

The entire left-wing press has pushed this “terrible—but” narrative, which moves the focus from the terrorists and their crimes and makes them somehow the victims. Others try to make moral equivalencies to other acts of terrorism such as the murder of 77 people in Norway in 2011.

The truth is that the attack and the subsequent murders of a French policewoman and four patrons of a kosher supermarket were terrorist murders, plain and simple. There is no excuse, no qualification, no justification for this attack.

People with thin skins should remember that while sticks and stones may break your bones, names will never hurt you. It says much more about the person calling the name that it does about you. Get over it.

A real prophet doesn’t need an AK-47-wielding thug to avenge his honor. When Jesus was run out of Nazareth and the people were ready to throw him off a cliff, he didn’t call down fire and brimstone on them; he simply walked away. When he was crucified he didn’t tell his disciples to avenge him.

There is no Sword of Jesus. (Or Buddha or Moses for that matter.) There is a Sword of Mohammad—nine actually. One is in Istanbul. The image of another graces the Saudi national flag.

Enough pretending. Islam is not a religion of peace; it is a religion of war, spread by war and conquest. Cherif and Said Kouachi viewed themselves as holy warriors. There will be more attacks–in Hamburg today an incendiary device was thrown into a building of the Morgenpost daily, which had reprinted Hebdo cartoons.

Meanwhile, the Hebdo terrorists have been caught and received their reward. It’s not 72 virgins.

Al Maurer

Al Maurer is a political scientist and founder of The Voice of Liberty. He writes on topics of limited government and individual rights.