One particular photo of a masked protestor haunts my memory from back in 2006, during the first wave of Islamic pro-censorship anti-cartoon protests. It represents and encapsulates, in a single frame, most everything that I find most disdainful about the various toxic monotheisms we have inherited from Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, among other prophets of the ancient near east. The insistent prioritization of revealed doctrine over personal liberty, the thuggish anonymity of the vigilante, the mass hysteria of the mob working itself into a righteous frenzy. You can almost feel religious violence in the offing.
And naturally, it was, from then until now. The most recent attack from the sort of cowardly thugs who wear masks and shout “Allahu Akbar” took place earlier today in Paris, as gunmen murdered almost a dozen journalists at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, in a direct effort to send those who do freedom of the presses straight to hell, a place created by Allah (ever-loving, ever-merciful, etc.) to torture unbelievers for all time.
In retaliation, I can only do my best to reaffirm the values that they stood for at Charlie Hebdo by recounting some blasphemous blasts from the past. Share and enjoy!
— Jonathan Best (@JonnnyBest) January 7, 2015
— Segard.Liam (@SegardLiam) January 7, 2015
Un enfant. Un papa, une maman. Seulement quand ça les arrange, en fait. pic.twitter.com/ekO2HCNZwL
— Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) December 19, 2014
Que se passerait-il si Mahomet revenait? La réponse est à la une de Charlie demain! pic.twitter.com/9Z1nVt8Kcs
— Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) September 30, 2014
— Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) May 7, 2014
— Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) October 21, 2013
As a friendly reminder, May 20th is still Draw Mohammed Day.