Almost two months have now passed since the terrifying bloodbath which took place in the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine. The media remain rife with discussion over the meaning and consequences of this vile attempt of the sword to break the pen. I must admit that while the nature and brutality of the murders shocked me, there was nothing I found surprising about the fact that it occurred in the first place. After all, the threat of violent Islamist terror against free expression has been present in Europe at least since the 1988 publication of Salman Rushdie’s Satanic Verses and the burnings, kidnappings, bombings, and murders which were subsequently committed by thousands of Muslims across the globe. Continue reading
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