The Wall Street Journal decided to oddly title this, “Paris Attack Puts Focus on Threat From Islamic Anti-Blasphemy Groups”.
Is that what we’re calling Islamic terrorists now?
There have been quite a few cartoon shootings and stabbings by now. Far too many of them to suddenly rediscover them or reinvent Islamic terrorists as “anti-blasphemy groups” that represent some sort of fringe minority.
Meanwhile the Charlie Hebdo attacker’s family would like to remind everyone that there’s nothing fringe about trying to kill cartoonists.
Mr. Mahmood said his son traveled to France as an immigrant two years ago along with two brothers and received his legal permission to work in the country on the same day as the attack.
Mr. Mahmood, who farms a small plot and lives in a village in central Pakistan, said his son, one of seven children, studied the Quran diligently as a child, prayed regularly and liked to sing religious songs. He said that people in the area were coming to congratulate him on his son’s actions. He said he traveled to France in search of work.
“We are proud of our son. Whatever he did is in his love for Prophet Muhammad,” Mr. Mahmood told The Wall Street Journal. “I say whatever he did is right. There is no comprise on dignity and respect of Prophet Muhammad.”
Europe can either stop compromising on immigration from countries where this sort of thing is acceptable, or it will have to compromise by abandoning speech and satire.