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Charlie Hebdo: the danger of polarised debate | Gary Younge | Comment is free | The Guardian
"Those who claim that Islam is “inherently”violent are more hateful, but no less nonsensical, than those who claim it is “inherently” peaceful. The insistence that these hateful acts are refuted by ancient texts makes as much sense as insisting they are supported by them. Islam, like any religion, isn’t “inherently” anything but what people make of it. A small but significant minority have decided to make it violent."
islam  religion  violence  charlie-hebdo 
january 2015 by pw201
Imperfect Tenderness | The Comics Journal
Interesting round-up of reactions to CH's cartoons.
charlie-hebdo  satire  cartoons  racism  irony 
january 2015 by pw201
dear US followers
"NO ONE, I repeat literally NO ONE in France ever considered Charlie Hebdo as racist. We might have considered the drawings tasteless, but NOT racists. For the very simple reason that WE FUCKING KNOW OUR POLITICS. So, when you see the covers of the journal out of context and without understanding french, you’re seeing maybe 10% of what there’s to see."
charlie-hebdo  racism  culture  france 
january 2015 by pw201
Paris attacks: unless we overcome fear, self-censorship will spread| Nick Cohen | Comment is free | The Observer
Cohen argues that Western journalists had already given in. "My friend and comrade Maajid Nawaz was a jihadi before he converted to liberalism and understands the totalitarian mind. He says that people still do not realise that radical Islamists do not just want to impose their taboos at gunpoint. They want to “create a civil war” so that European Muslims accept that they can only live in the caliphate; to encourage the rise of the white far-right so that ordinary coexistence becomes impossible. If they win one demand, as they are winning in Britain, then they will up the tension and move to another."
censorship  charlie-hebdo  islam  free  speech  islamism 
january 2015 by pw201
JE SUIS CHARLIE? IT’S A BIT LATE | Pandaemonium
Kenan Malik: "The expressions of solidarity with those slain in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices are impressive. They are also too late. Had journalists and artists and political activists taken a more robust view on free speech over the past 20 years then we may never have come to this."
charliehebdo  freedom  politics  satire  journalism  free  speech  liberalism  charlie-hebdo 
january 2015 by pw201
Charlie Hebdo victim was 'a friend of Islam, Turkey' - INTERNATIONAL
"Voicing his ‘fear,’ Hürriyet columnist Ertuğrul Özkök writes about a chat he once had with Georges Wolinski, who was killed in the attack at the offices of the French satirical magazine."
charlie-hebdo  islam  turkey 
january 2015 by pw201
The Blasphemy We Need - NYTimes.com
"Must all deliberate offense-giving, in any context, be celebrated, honored, praised? I think not. But in the presence of the gun — or, as in the darker chapters of my own faith’s history, the rack or the stake — both liberalism and liberty require that it be welcomed and defended."
blasphemy  charlie-hebdo  islam  speech  freedom 
january 2015 by pw201
Ex-Muslims Forum on Twitter: "an e-mail from an Exmuslim about #CharlieHebdo "I want to weep" - fear, sickness and horror http://t.co/EngpM6LbjQ"
The ex-Muslims Forum publish "an e-mail from an Exmuslim about #CharlieHebdo "I want to weep" - fear, sickness and horror"
ex-muslim  charlie-hebdo  terrorism  murder  islam 
january 2015 by pw201

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