It is difficult to realize that this is the 2nd decade of the 21st century. Rather we recall our history books, Medieval chapter, when religious dogma was not to be questioned. Nor authority. Nor free-thinking.
It is difficult for me to imagine how that type of mind is still extant in 2015. How does it happen? Is it really fundamentalist Islam? Or, as I suspect, is it animalistic mania? The thrill of the kill. Hunting season. Crazed, homicidal young men driven by adolescent emotional imbalance. We saw much of this in sub Saharan Africa as young men with Kalashnikovs terrorized villagers for the ‘thrill’ of it all.
Is religion to blame? Salman Rushdie seems to think so as he said that the Charlie Hebdo attacks were a sign of the ‘deadly mutation in the heart of Islam.’ The UK Independent reports:
“Religion, a mediaeval[sic] form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms,” he wrote.
“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.”
Or is ‘religion’ the excuse for barbarism in its raw form? I don’t know but I do know that censorship will never be tolerated.