“We Are Not All Charlie”, the Atlantic notes, and they are correct.
I admit to being utterly fascinated by the open decision of the Times, the nation’s ostensible paper of record, to engage in shameless dhimmitude. They didn’t decline to show the Charlie Hebdo cartoons out of journalistic principle — they acted out of fear, pure and simple. When a couple of guys with AK-47s can cause the most powerful newspaper in the world to piss its pants, something’s gone terribly wrong.
Note, however, that the Times has never stayed its hand when it comes to attacking Christianity or Judaism in this country or elsewhere. When I read about their decision to self-censor, I thought to myself: “Hey, I wonder how they treated Piss Christ when that came out?” Googling that led to my finding out that the AP just removed all images of the anti-Christian art piece yesterday. In other words — they didn’t give a shit about offending Christians, because Christians don’t shoot journalists. It was only fear of being exposed as cowards and hypocrites that made them delete images that they’ve stored and promoted for two decades or so.
You can read a balanced appraisal of the situation here if you like.
As for my opinion — well, it’s complicated. I’ve raced cars that bore the crescent of Islam in the past. I’ve worked closely with Muslims and done my best to show respect to their religious traditions. I shared a race car with a Muslim in an Islamic nation. Frankly, there isn’t much in Islam with which I personally disagree and I think you’d have to be blind to not see that Europe will be an Islamic continent before my son finds out he isn’t getting any Social Security checks.
With that said, I also believe that violence in the ostensible cause of Islam is unforgivable and inexcusable. It’s also plain stupid, because Islam is already winning the battle for the future through the simple expedient of not letting their women wait until their 43rd birthday to have a single private-school baby. Islamic terrorism is the equivalent of ramming a backmarker in an endurance race: a pathetically unnecessary attempt to ensure a nearly certain victory.
I also believe that a free press is a key component of the American tradition. I understand that the Times does not agree with the sentiments of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, but their decision not to publish them marks their complete and utter submission to Islam and deserves our contempt. We are all less free because of it. On the positive side, it should now be plain to everyone that if the children at Waco had been shooting journalists instead of serving as speedbumps for a fucking tank, the Times would be giving David Koresh lip service — all the way to the balls.