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A Muslim cartoonist’s reaction to the Charlie Hedbo massacre

As we think of the families who are suffering today, let’s not forget that good, moderate Muslims will also share a portion of the fallout for this latest terrorist attack.

It’s essential that we show our solidarity with the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, remaining steadfast in our support of freedom of expression in the wake of the massacre at its Paris offices this morning.

But as we think of the families who are suffering today, let’s not forget that good, moderate Muslims will also share a portion of the fallout for this latest terrorist attack. As xenophobic and fascist groups rise across Europe, decrying the (imaginary) “Islamization” of their respective counties, it’s no doubt that the Charlie Hebdo massacre will be used to fuel their propaganda.

In a recent cartoon, Muslim artist Khalid Albaih reminds us simply, yet powerfully, that this is not a war between civilizations, but a war with those who oppose civilization.


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    — Bertrand Russell, Human Society in Ethics and Politics (1954), quoted from James A Haught, “Breaking the Last Taboo” (1996)

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