These are defining days. Many, many people whom I had thought to be clear-sighted, strong and courageous have proven to be cowardly, pusillanimous and self-serving, eager to betray the supporters of free speech and free society in exchange for a few more years of their miserable slave existences. Even Charlie Hebdo, the international symbol of defiance against violent intimidation and censorship-by-murder, has folded and submitted to the jihad force.
Well, it’s their loss. I don’t care if the whole world submits. I will die standing up. For whatever it’s worth, I will be among those who will not go quietly into the darkness. I know Pamela Geller will be with us as well. I know there are many others. But these are the days when even the most stalwart are faltering. These are the defining days.
And particularly for those Christians out there who are sitting in their armchairs and tut-tutting at us for being so lacking in civility and respect that we would actually insult Muhammad and Islam, hear this: I didn’t co-sponsor the show to insult Islam and embarrass the Church by being uncharitable. I did the show in part for the sake of the Church and the Christians of the future — so that they wouldn’t live as slaves, so that they wouldn’t be cowed and intimidated into submission by thugs, so that they would be able to practice their faith freely without having to curb their observance of it in order to avoid offending Muslims who demand respect at gunpoint. But as it turns out, the Church, or large portions of it, is eager to submit, eager to kneel and bow to the oppressor. I do not believe that is charity. I do not believe that is a responsible thing to do, or a wise thing to do, or a good example to set for the future. I do not believe that helping ensure that our children and our children’s children will live as slaves is in the slightest accord with true Christian charity. Turning the other cheek does not mean submitting to evil and allowing it to triumph; it is, rather, an act of quiet defiance, of showing that evil will not conquer one’s soul no matter what pressure is applied. That’s exactly what we were trying to show in Garland.
“Charlie Hebdo accused of hypocrisy as it suspends journalist after death threats over her articles attacking Islam,” by Jenny Awford, MailOnline, May 16, 2015 (thanks to Anne Crockett):
Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has been accused of hypocrisy after it suspended a journalist who has received death threats for her articles attacking Islamic extremism.
Zineb El Rhazoui, 33, was called to a preliminary dismissal hearing to remind her of her ‘obligations’ towards the French weekly following ‘numerous incidents’.
The French-Moroccan columnist accused her employers of trying to ‘punish her’ for speaking out about the direction of the magazine four months after the jihadist attack which left 12 dead.
‘I am shocked and appalled that a management that has received so much support after the January attacks could show so little support for one of its employees, who is under pressure like everyone in the team and has faced threats,’ she told Le Monde.
‘My husband lost his job and had to leave Morocco because the jihadists revealed his workplace. I am under threat and having to live with friends or in a hotel and the management is thinking of firing me. Bravo Charlie.’
The move has prompted outrage on social media with thousands calling the decision ‘absurd’ and bewildering’.
Mrs El Rhazoui and her husband, Moroccan writer Jaouad Benaïssi, received death threats on Twitter from people claiming to be from Islamic State in February.
Photoshopped images of the couple dressed as ISIS prisoners about to be executed emerged on social media along with a map showing the places the journalist often visited….