Today marks a year after the terrorist attack at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on behalf of a pestilent god. Although the magazine took the unfortunate but understandable decision not to draw Muhammad again, they didn’t say anything about Allah.
So this is the cover of issue on the first anniversary of the attack:
A godly figure with a Kalashnikov over his shoulder and the headline: “One year later: The murderer is still at large“.
In a commentary, the Vatican daily Osservatore Romano said treatment of this kind towards religion “is not new” – and stressed that religious figures have repeatedly condemned violence in the name of God.
“Behind the deceptive flag of uncompromising secularism, the weekly is forgetting once more what religious leaders of every faith unceasingly repeat to reject violence in the name of religion – using God to justify hatred is a genuine blasphemy, as pope Francis has said several times,” it said.
Ohh, really? Why don’t we recall the words of Pope Francis exactly a year ago, when he advocated violence in the name of god:
His comments followed the fatal attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.
To illustrate his point, the pontiff told journalists on the papal plane his assistant could expect a punch if he ”cursed his mother”.
”It’s normal – you cannot provoke, you cannot insult the faith of others,” he said.
That’s rejecting violence in the name of religion? Go figure!