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The Blame for the Charlie Hebdo Murders - The New Yorker


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Because the ideology is the product of a major world religion, a lot of painstaking pretzel logic goes into trying to explain what the violence does, or doesn’t, have to do with Islam. Some well-meaning people tiptoe around the Islamic connection, claiming that the carnage has nothing to do with faith, or that Islam is a religion of peace, or that, at most, the violence represents a “distortion” of a great religion. (After suicide bombings in Baghdad, I grew used to hearing Iraqis say, “No Muslim would do this.”) Others want to lay the blame entirely on the theological content of Islam, as if other religions are more inherently peaceful—a notion belied by history as well as scripture.

A religion is not just a set of texts but the living beliefs and practices of its adherents. Islam today includes a substantial minority of believers who countenance, if they don’t actually carry out, a degree of violence in the application of their convictions that is currently unique. Charlie Hebdo had been nondenominational in its satire, sticking its finger into the sensitivities of Jews and Christians, too—but only Muslims responded with threats and acts of terrorism. For some believers, the violence serves a will to absolute power in the name of God, which is a form of totalitarianism called Islamism—politics as religion, religion as politics. “Allahu Akbar!” the killers shouted in the street outside Charlie Hebdo. They, at any rate, know what they’re about.

I think it's fair to say that not all Muslims behave this way, but some do.

Absolute nonsense!   Charlie Hebdo "art" is nihilistic as it gets. Nothing is sacred and much of it bordered on hate speech.  

The extreme Muslim reaction to things such as this is not nihilistic at all, in fact it is the polar opposite. The extremism comes from the most extreme view of eternalism.  

The extreme left believes in little or nothing beyond their immediate rights to say whatever the fuck they want about anyone's and everyone's beliefs because they are the superior because of no beliefs. 

The extreme right believes they have to do everything and everything to stop what they feel is an existential threat because their actions or inactions (ie not defending beliefs and icons) have eternal consequences. 

When the two sides meet there will be blood justs as when two sets of opposing fundamentalists.  

To George Packer, the nihilism of desecrating everything is anything but decent, it is essential to democracy but not decent by any rational standard. (And no that does not excuse murder, but we excuse murder every day)

The actions of extremists do seem to dominate our headlines. 

I know this has been all over the place but Chris Rock's tweet was as cutting and true as you can be in 140 characters

Black shooter = entire race guilty

Muslim shooter = entire religion guilty

White shooter = mentally troubled lone wolf

I had not seen that Chris Rock tweet but it's spot on.

Agreed about the Chris Rock tweet.  Thanks for sharing it.

Yes, in their minds they were carrying out the will of their god.  http://theoatmeal.com/comics/religion

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