Blaming the victims of extremism

Friday, January 23, 2015

Condemning the massacre of cartoonists at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo while also condemning the magazine's disrespect toward religion, indicates a lack of understanding of western civilization.

Many media poke fun at religion. American media pokes fun at Christianity more than any other religion.

Perhaps it is easier to condemn a previously obscure magazine such as Charlie Hebdo than to condemn such mainstream offerings as Saturday Night Live, South Park, the Daily Show, the Colbert Report, numerous Hollywood productions and numerous works of literature, such as the satirical novel "Satanic Verses," which generated death threats from enraged Muslims toward author Salman Rushdie.

Some of the humor of the more mainstream offerings may also be insensitive and tasteless (if you want your comedy to be tasteful and culturally sensitive, you definitely want to avoid South Park).

A criticism of vulgarity and incivility of a media production may be valid but should not be made as a sympathetic clarification of the cause for a violent attack against the medium.

If writers of 'Saturday Night Live' had been murdered by religious fanatics for some irreverent skit, most pundits would regard a criticism of how irreverent the skit was as inappropriate in the immediate aftermath of the murders.

The "I believe in free speech but..." qualifiers regarding the murders in Paris should be condemned as inappropriate