Islamic doctrine assumes religious law is enforced by the government, and says criticism of the religion requires a death penalty. For example, Islam’s rulebook, the Koran, says “Who is guilty of more wrong than he who forgeth a lie against Allah, or saith: I am inspired.”
In contrast, the Christian Bible separates government from religious law, and urges Christians to turn the other cheek.
At least 10 percent of France’s population of 67 million consists of Muslims, most of whom are immigrants.
This is exactly the kind of thing that happens when you let anyone and everyone into your country. The western countries are willingly committing suicide, at least of the cultural kind, by their open border policies.
The men opened fire inside the magazine’s offices using automatic AK-47 rifles before fleeing, a police officer said.” The ‘Islamist’ bit is not yet confirmed; but, given that this isn’t the first time that the magazine has been violently attacked (not to mentioned threatened, criticized, and sued), and given that every other time it’s been over Charlie Hebdo’s willingness to ‘draw Mohammad’ – well, it’s a well-traveled road at this point, no?
France had been, especially before 9/11, in a “league of its own” when it comes to developing investigative tools, court proceedings, and laws that have allowed French authorities to stay ahead of the terrorist problem. This aggressive stance has of course upset civil libertarians of the French left and right—not unlike here in the U.S. in the wake of the Snowden leaks of the programs of the National Security Agency.
As the U.S. Congress turns this year to the issue of whether to renew, reform, or let die key sections of the Patriot Act on terrorism surveillance, it might want to keep in mind what has just happened in Paris. If a country such as France—with as strong a counterterrorism effort as there is in a liberal democracy—is still vulnerable, it should give some pause to those members who think now is the time to water-down our own counterterrorism efforts.