It’s also at least one prominent rightwing American Catholic– Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.
Killing in response to insult, no matter how gross, must be unequivocally condemned. That is why what happened in Paris cannot be tolerated. But neither should we tolerate the kind of intolerance that provoked this violent reaction.
Those who work at this newspaper [Charlie Hebdo] have a long and disgusting record of going way beyond the mere lampooning of public figures, and this is especially true of their depictions of religious figures. For example, they have shown nuns masturbating and popes wearing condoms. They have also shown Muhammad in pornographic poses.
While some Muslims today object to any depiction of the Prophet, others do not. Moreover, visual representations of him are not proscribed by the Koran. What unites Muslims in their anger against Charlie Hebdo is the vulgar manner in which Muhammad has been portrayed. What they object to is being intentionally insulted over the course of many years. On this aspect, I am in total agreement with them.
Stephane Charbonnier, the paper’s publisher, was killed today in the slaughter. It is too bad that he didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. In 2012, when asked why he insults Muslims, he said, “Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.” Had he not been so narcissistic, he may still be alive.
Perhaps they’ll advise Donohue to put a sock in it.
Update: Our old adversary Inayat Bunglawala gets it right this time.
So does David Aaronovitch (his message applies equally to adherents of all belief systems):
— John Rentoul (@JohnRentoul) January 8, 2015
And an encouraging message from Aleppo, Syria:
— Zaina Erhaim (@ZainSyr) January 8, 2015