Hot Topic: massacre in Paris

Yesterday, 12 journalists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris were killed by radical Muslims. The news is full of details about this massacre, the motives for the slaughter & the subsequent manhunt to find the guilty individuals. There’s a large outcry against this atrocity, particularly from Western nations to say nothing of the journalism community who herald the cause of freedom of speech.
Here’s what gets me: the rationale for this massacre is based on the premise that this magazine said offensive things related to Islam so several Muslim men believed they were justified to reply to such insults with large scale murder. In essence, if you say something offensive enough to me, my extreme behavior is a justified response to your insults.
This kind of thinking doesn’t square with Jesus’ teachings about being insulted & turning the other cheek. While we are horrified with what happened yesterday, let’s be careful that we don’t pay back insults for insults 🙂


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