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The Onion’s Positively Brilliant Post About the Paris Attacks

“Today’s horrific events only reinforce the idea that we cannot and will not let extremist zealots dictate what we can and cannot say,” is a comment that we will quote, but one that we do with a legitimate sense of uncertainty over whether it could incite an attack against the speaker or their loved ones, a sense of uncertainty that feels awful, grotesque, and wholly unnecessary in this day and age. “We live in a society in which every person is entitled to his or her own opinions, and every person is entitled to express those opinions without fear of harm. And that isn’t changing, whether a small minority of psychotic, murderous degenerates like it or not.”

http://www.theonion.com/articles/it-sadly-unclear-whether-this-article-will-put,37715/

No one should have to think twice about making a joke, no matter who it offends.

“I’d rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” –Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier (1967 – 2015), publisher, Charlie Hebdo.

This image by The Independent's cartoonist Dave Brown, was retweeted by over 22,000 people including author J.K. Rowling

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13 Comments

  1. this is not a cartoon problem

  2. Is it time to go further than making jokes? This problem isn’t diminishing. Isn’t it time that people of reason and logic orchestrated opinion shift away from religion? We’ve suffered these puerile superstitions for long enough.

  3. One doesn’t reason with fanatics. The best one can hope for is to deny them anywhere to hide. At present, the men of violence hide behind religion. We have to make all religion socially unacceptable, much as homophobia and sexism are.

    • Our Constitution guarantees religious liberty…part of the Bill of Rights.
      Religion isn’t the problem….politicizing religion and intolerance is the real issue.

      • I am not subject to your constitution but, in any event, I am not suggesting religions should be persecuted or that their adherents should be sanctioned, but merely that their claims should be held up to reason and logic. Racism lost its appeal once folk were shown that ethnicity was not a real guide to intelligence, ability, morality, anything.
        Religion could lose respectability in exactly the same way.

        • As I have stated, religion isn’t really the problem, it’s the politization of religion that is the big problem..the elephant in the room. History tells us that, which is why we have separation of church and state. Having said that, you must realize religion was the beginning of moral obedience which started the long road to the idea of law and civilization which then led to the idea of human rights. Barbarism has no place in religion or in logic and reason. The ‘Three Principles of Logic’ are based on morality and philosophy.
          Racism is unacceptable because “all men are created equal”.

  4. On January 1st Egypt’s President Al-Sisi gave a speech at Al Azhar… the media never picked it up even though it was an extroadinary speech on Islam and its future…

    “I am referring here to the religious clerics. … It’s inconceivable that the thinking that we hold most sacred should cause the entire umma (Islamic world) to be a source of anxiety, danger, killing and destruction for the rest of the world. Impossible!

    “That thinking — I am not saying ‘religion’ but ‘thinking’ — that corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries, to the point that departing from them has become almost impossible, is antagonizing the entire world. It’s antagonizing the entire world! … All this that I am telling you, you cannot feel it if you remain trapped within this mindset. You need to step outside of yourselves to be able to observe it and reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.

    “I say and repeat again that we are in need of a religious revolution. You, imams, are responsible before Allah. The entire world, I say it again, the entire world is waiting for your next move … because this umma is being torn, it is being destroyed, it is being lost — and it is being lost by our own hands.”

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/01/07/paris-terror-shooting-al-sisi-epochal-speech/21390881/

  5. and this today

    Nigeria’s militant Islamists have carried out a second attack on the key north-eastern town of Baga, an official has told the BBC.

    Boko Haram fighters burnt down almost the entire town on Wednesday, after over-running a military base on Saturday, Musa Alhaji Bukar said.

    Bodies lay strewn on Baga’s streets, amid fears that some 2,000 people had been killed in the raids, he added.

    Boko Haram launched a military campaign in 2009 to create an Islamic state.

    It has taken control of many towns and villages in north-eastern Nigeria in the last year.

    The conflict has displaced at least 1.5 million people, while more than 2,000 were killed last year.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/01/08/nigerias-911-boko-haram-kills-2000-in-attack-on-baga-city-burnt-to-the-ground/

  6. idiots!

    • How many Catholic gunmen shot up the offices and killed cartoonists?

  7. Waiting for 2012

    The Great One is conspicuously absent at the Je Suis Charlie march in Paris. Perhaps it’s just as well–he’d only do something do make it all about him if he were there.

    • Been “all about him” for the last six years…why change it up now?

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