• Explanatory about my Charlie Hebdo post

    There appears to be some misunderstanding about my recent post on Charlie Hebdo.  Apparently it is being taken as dismissing the courage and decency  of the Hebdo authors, or somehow saying that they brought their fate on themselves.

    Let me make something clear: the Hebdo authors are amongst some of the bravest in the world, and are willing to stand up where far too many kneel.  I have nothing but the highest respect for them.

    I wrote that post in something of a state of shock, because – from the excerpts that were then available – I’d only come across them attacking “fear of Islam” as “cretinous, absurd and lots of other things but it is not a crime.”

    What shocked me is that decent and brave people could manage to get something so wrong.

    I’m very glad, now that I have read the full letter, that it is in line with what we’ve really come to expect from Hebdo.  For this reason, I’m taking down the old post.


    Category: IslamJihad

    Article by: The Prussian

    • Jeff Pinner

      Thank you, sir. Your original post did not even resemble the respect you claimed for it, and seemed to imply that anyone who passively resists those with weapons and zeal were insane, at best. I believe that there are millions of Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans and African Americans who would disagree, not to mention those of us who hold free speech as the primary right of mankind. The exercise thereof, even in the face of violent reply, is the ONLY way it can be upheld.

    • You do know this is a excerpt and not the whole letter (which is 96 pages long), right?

      In whole I agree with Charb, but there are some things I take issue with.


    • Vanitas

      Actually, Hebdo will not allow any criticism of Judaism, the one cartoonist who tried it was fired immediately.