The Wanderer

January 30, 2015 by  
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Bill Donohue And Charlie Hebdo: Bull’s Eye!

For those who have not followed the brouhaha, Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, is being raked over the coals for his statement to reporters that “Muslims have a right to be angry” about the irreverent manner in which Muhammad was depicted in the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, and that the editor of the magazine “didn’t understand the role he played in his tragic death. . . . 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.”

Reread Donohue’s words. All he is demanding is freedom of speech: the freedom of speech to criticize the editors of Charlie Hebdo. Also, that our revulsion over the shootings in Paris should not lead to a knee-jerk defense of pornographers to operate freely in society. In the United States we seem to have surrendered to the proposition that we have no legal right to censor obscene material

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