Charlie Hebdo and Medieval Barbarism

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.

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2 thoughts on “Charlie Hebdo and Medieval Barbarism

  1. I lay a lot of the blame at the feet of the enabling cowardly politicians like Chirac, Merkle and Jack Straw who in 2006 condemned the republication of the Danish cartoons of Mohammed. It emphasised the focus on soft targets like journalists, intellectuals and the press. Even today the Western Media prints and reports the sensationalism of the violence and images of the attacks, but when it comes to reprinting the actual images that supposedly inspired it, there is a lot of pixillated blurring and self censorship. Charlie Hebdo is a heroic savage weapon of mass satiric destruction that took no sides. Everyone was fair game. Charb, the editor had been living with an Algerian woman for years, and intellectual who had actually been a minister in Jacques Chiracs government. The issue of Charlie Hebdo that was on the streets when the attack occurred had a cover which savagely ridiculed Michel Houllebecq, the best selling author whose latest work envisions France in 2021 when a Muslim becomes president. Next Wednesday, there will be a new issue on the streets…The Show Will Go On!

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