Paris – a few things…

Here are a few quotes and links related to Paris and Charlie Hebdo…

  • Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion. – Voltaire (1694–1778)
  • I think we’d all agree 2014 was not a great year for…people [laughter]. But I think the hope was that 2015 would bring sort of a respite from the kinds of terrible events that have become all too familiar for us. But our hearts are with the staff of Charlie Hebdo and their families tonight. I know very few people go into comedy, you know, as an act of courage, mainly because it shouldn’t have to be that, it shouldn’t be an act of courage, it should be taken as established law. Those guys at Hebdo had it, and they were killed for their “cartoons”. Stark reminder that for the most part the legislators and journalists and institutions that we jab and ridicule are not, in any way, the enemy. For however frustrating or outraged the back–and–forth can become, it’s still a back–and–forth, a conversation amongst those on, let’s call it, Team Civilization. And this type of violence only clarifies that reality. But, of course, of course, our goal tonight is not to make sense of this, because there is no sense to be made of this. Our goal, as it is always, is to keep going. ‘Keep calm and carry on’, or whatever version of that saying is in your dorm room [laughter]. – Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, 08th Jan 2015
  • If anyone says we Muslims must apologise then please refer them to this excellent article by Mark Steel in the Independent, or to this searing analysis by radio host James O’Brien
  • Finally, another excellent article to read is by Mehdi Hasan in the New Statesman
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