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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The religion of peace strikes again

The religion of peace is at it again, this time slaughtering staffers at a French satire magazine that offended the prophet:
Twelve people have been shot dead at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, say police.
Three masked gunmen stormed the offices of the controversial publication, which has previously been attacked over its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.
They were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and are also believed to have had a rocket-propelled grenade.
Sorry, folks, I'm not going to capitalize "prophet" in this post. These people are animals and I decline to show any respect for anything they value. The gunmen, who calmly fled the scene in their getaway car, apparently succeeded in killing the editor and the cartoonist primarily responsible for the magazine's Mohammed cartoons:
A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor says the editor and a cartoonist for the satirical newspaper, who went by the pen names Charb and Cabu, were among the 12 people killed in the attack.
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Shocking footage has emerged of a wounded police officer being shot in the head at point-blank range as he lies on the ground, holding his hands up.
I guess executing a wounded policeman was just a bonus. In the footage, you can see the gunmen actually come back about 25 yards from their car as they were preparing to leave so that they can kill the wounded officer. They then trot back to their car and drive off. Just like those radical Lutherans did in their attack last week against -- oh, wait, that never happened. Because the only people in the world waging war against any  other people for religious reasons are Muslims. Don't like it? Suck it. The truth hurts.

Twitchy notes that @bethanyshondark has issued a challenge to the lamestream media, members of which are all outrageously outraged on Twitter. She tweeted, "If you work for a newspaper and you're tweeting your outrage, walk into your editor's office and ask to publish the cartoons tomorrow."

Done.


(The caption on the right, by the way, says "Love stronger than hate." The one on the left says "100 lashes if you're not laughing you don't die of laughter.") The magazine ran a whole bunch of similar cartoons over recent years. I'm guessing you won't see Charlie Hebdo cartoons in any of the major publications. They will say it's because it's insensitive to mock another religion, but it's because they don't want to get killed. They don't worry about radical Catholics storming their offices -- or any other Christians, for that matter -- and so they have no problem with editorial cartoons that poke fun at Western religions. Seriously, Google it:
Interestingly, unlike in the U.S. when there is a mass shooting, I'm not hearing the knee-jerk liberal calls for more gun-control laws. Mostly, that's because France, like most European nations, already has strict gun control laws and this incident just shows that criminals and terrorists who want to get guns, will get guns. The only unarmed people there were the victims. Twitchy notes that Piers Morgan routinely tweets out his cries for more gun control after any shooting in the U.S., but is really quiet on the topic this time around. What a dick.

Also at Twitchy is a collection of tweets by what I assume is some Muslim cleric, who goes on an on about how these killings are justified because these oh-so-devout followers of the religion of peace had to avenge the prophet and that freedom of expression does not include the right to insult the prophet. Author Brad Thor rebuts him succintly: Up yours, he tweeted.

I don't envy the French at this point. They have to do something, and no matter what course they choose -- criminal prosecutions on the perpetrators, or severe anti-terrorism measures against their organization -- it won't be easy. I just hope Charlie Hebdo has the courage to stay the course. But I'm not betting on it.


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