A very thoughtful account of the issues from Gerry.
At first, there are no words. Then Salman Rushdie – a man whose opinion carries more weight than most in the present circumstances says this:
Religion, a medieval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today.
I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity.
‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion’. Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.
While this response from Simon Jenkins in the Guardian is the best I have yet read:
Why does it happen? Whenever a political outrage is committed, the sensible question is to ask: what…
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