There are religions that were never violent. There are religions that had their violent days, mostly behind them now. And then there are religions that have extremely violent members, for whom the violence isn’t just a one-off tactic by the occasional lone wolf, it’s fundamentally built into their version of that religion at an institutional level. Today, it looks like some assholes from that kind of faith struck a deadly blow against free press and basic decency:
CNN — Hooded, black-clad gunmen burst into the office of a provocative French satirical magazine Wednesday, killing four cartoonists and eight others before heading off onto the streets of Paris.
While it wasn’t immediately clear who was behind the late morning attack, French officials viewed it as a blatant act of terrorism. And there were fears that things could get worse, with the assailants still on the loose.
“We need to find the actors of this terrorist act,” French President Francois Hollande said. “They must be arrested and brought before judges and condemned as quickly as possible. France is shocked today.”
These guys just do not get the concept of a free press or freedom of expression. That’s one of the most worrisome tendencies of many religions in general, zero tolerance and vicious punishment for the most minor perceived slights. And right now, Sunni fundamentalism or militant ISIS Wahhabism or whatever we’re calling it these days seems to be the most ruthless, sick twisted religious ideology of the lot.
I’ve seen a lot of tweets about how our prayers are with the French people and the families of the victims, I understand the sentiment and sensitivity is warranted in the wider public sphere. But here on FTB, I can’t help but note it was, in a sense, prayer that caused this shit in the first place. Basically, a belief in ancient magic and supernatural justification received, as odds are these guys prayed quite a bit before deciding they had the thumbs up from an invisible sky wizard to murder 12 innocent people in cold blood.
I’ll update as necessary, right now the feed is that these thugs got away.
Update: There are conflicting reports, NBC News just reported on TV, one terrorist dead, the other two in custody.