Masked shooters shot and killed 12 people. Those 12 were two peace officers and 10 employees from the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. According to news accounts, Muslims extremists were upset about the satire of Muhammad…yet according to Voice of America, [the] French Magazine Lampooned Religious [and] Political Figures…[they are] known for being irreverent, anti-establishment and virulently anti-religious.
Apparently, Charlie Hebdo is an anti-establishment-anti-conservative-anti-Christian-Jewish-Muslim weekly paper. They poke fun of religion and have been doing so for more than 20 years. Yet skimming through the media, all I see is: Muslim this and Muslim that.
Even CAIR tweeted the condemnation of this attack
— CAIR National (@CAIRNational) January 7, 2015
Why? Why must a certain religious organization “condemn” an attack where they assume their “religious extremists” are responsible? When Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, people looked to Muslims as the culprit, when it was a self-described-anti-government-Christian-extremist who killed 168 people, including 19 children all under [the] age of six years old. There was a sigh of relief when the suspect was not a Muslim.
So did the collective blame Christianity? Nope. They called McVeigh a nut that had nothing to do with the peaceful nature of Christianity. Not one Christian organization had to go on the news and explain that Christianity is not a violent religion but the fact that people of the Islamic faith were suspects makes for a turbulent relations and many news organizations as well as CAIR have to go on the defensive whenever a masked group of people do things against the norm.
I personally don’t know if these shooters are Muslims. Whatever religion they are, they must be tried in a court and, if found guilty, imprisoned. The Islamic religion is no more dangerous than Judaism or Christianity and when a crime is committed by a person or a group a person of a certain faith, this should not reflect the totality of any religion.
Huffington Post did a story on the role of the Ku Klux Klan:
So does that make every Christian organization a racist organization? When the artwork by Cosimo Cavallaro of an anatomically-correct chocolate Jesus called “My Sweet Lord” was going to be on display at the Roger Smith Hotel, there were death threats after head of the watchdog Catholic League Bill Donohue said it was
“one of the worst assaults on Christian sensibilities ever.”
“It’s not just the ugliness of the portrayal, but the timing — to choose Holy Week is astounding,” he said.
The hotel and the gallery were overrun Thursday with angry phone calls and e-mails about the exhibit. Semler said the calls included death threats over the work of artist Cosimo Cavallaro, who was described as disappointed by the decision to cancel the display.
“In this situation, the hotel couldn’t continue to be supportive because of a fear for their own safety,” [Matt] Semler, the gallery’s creative director said.
Semler tendered his resignation after death threats.
So are all Catholics to blame for committing a terrorist threat? It was just a few loons in the Catholic church who took it upon themselves to do this heinous act of censorship, so why must the people of the Muslim faith collectively be blamed for the acts of three people? They shouldn’t…as neither the Protestants nor the Catholics should be blamed for the actions of the few. Finding justice in a court should be the ultimate goal, not attacking people who had nothing to do with the killing in the first place…