Were the Murders at Charlie Hebdo Really about Islam?

January 17, 2015 1:34 PM

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The perpetrators of the horror at Charlie Hebdo were not devout Muslims outraged by insults directed at their faith. They were not motivated by religious piety, nor did they seek to strike a blow at "freedom of expression". Rather they were crude political actors who planned an act of terror--seeking to create the greatest possible impact. They were murderers, plain and simple.

I believe in freedom of expression, but with freedom also comes responsibility. Pope Francis got it right when he noted "You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others". At the same time, I am horrified by the outrageous murders of innocent jour...

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