UKgunz saidThe newspaper violated nothing but what some would call 'good taste'. It was the murdering bastards who went in shooting that broke the 'social contract'.
What are you basing this on? Maybe you should take 2 minutes to look at some of their previous front covers before you claim they merely violated good taste.
During the Arab Spring, one particular day, 1000 Egyptians were slaughtered by the US backed government. That hideous magazine laughed in the face of a thousand people fighting for their freedom - google image search it to see it for yourself.
The Booka Haram incident similarly, hundreds of young girls kidnapped. Again, Charlie Hebdo published the most disgusting response you could imagine.
One needs to consider what satire is: to afflict the comfortable, while comforting the afflicted. Charlie Hebdo did the precise opposite of this. Charlie Hebdo victimised those most marginalised in society and encouraged the social oppression that makes many muslims life in France a misery.
No one deserves to die for drawing something or expressing a point of view. Lets recognise the magazine for what it was though. I racist, bigoted publication that made money from targeting those most vulnerable in society.
The trouble with the US is that the Christians are in holy war mode. Cable news has declared it. Last night, they barely fell short of calling for the eradication of Islam. They say Obama is weak because they're terrified out of their minds that they're losing this one.
I feel that the US is used to racism, and that by itself is so bad that sometimes it's hard to believe the country sticks together. But with religion it's even harder to get through to people. They can accept another race they can accept gay people, even if it's unequal, because that can fit into the narrative, but terrorists killing in the name of a foreign religion is holy war. I think you have to give up religion altogether to see the folly of this mass deathtrap.
I think this is a religious/race war, which means those are the sacred dragons we must slay. I think that's what the comics wanted to do.
What the world needs is desegregation, equality, tolerance, love, peace, and everyone's identity will be based on what they're really about, art, music, sports, spirituality. Fine. We all have a heritage. But so what? We all deserve the riches we all deserve the love. No one is better, and that's all we need to know in this life. The rest can happen after we're dead.