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Ross Douthat wrote in his column, “The Blasphemy We Need,” in The New York Times:
The kind of blasphemy that Charlie Hebdo engaged in had deadly consequences, as everyone knew it could … and that kind of blasphemy is precisely the kind that needs to be defended, because it’s the kind that clearly serves a free society’s greater good.
If a large enough group of someones is willing to kill you for saying something, then it’s something that almost certainly needs to be said….
When offenses are policed by murder, that’s when we need more of them, not less, because the murderers cannot be allowed for a single moment to think that their strategy can succeed.
January 11, 2007 — Earlier this week, my wife commented that President Bush was scheduled to make a “major announcement” on Wednesday (January 10) about the war in Iraq. My immediate response was to assert that Bush’s goal was simple: to announce an unacceptable, unreasonable proposal to escalate the failed “war” in order to force the Democrats to object and refuse to allow it. Then, Bush will claim that the failure of the war in Iraq is the fault of the Democrats’ refusal to accept his last-minute miracle solution, and not Bush’s fault. Read more »
August 10, 2006 –– This morning, I read news reports of a “foiled terrorist plot” in London. My response: disbelief.
But this is not the disbelief that comes during the first moments of a bad situation, the “denial” phase of a process of adjustment. No, this is plain and simple disbelief. I believe that my American goverment, and the government of Great Britain, are deliberately lying and distorting the truth for political gain. Read more »
October 15, 2001 — A month after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I remain somewhat numb and confused, but my outrage is starting to take root.
My outrage is not at the criminals who sought to bring terror to daily American life, but at the Americans who have accepted terror and violence as proper responses. Read more »