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Why are students now cheering about the massacre at Charlie Hebdo?

I witnessed something genuinely disturbing at Trinity College Dublin last night: trendy, middle-class, liberal students cheering and whooping a man who had just given the closest thing I have yet heard to a justification for the massacre at Charlie Hebdo.

It was as part of a debate on the right to offend. I was on the side of people having the right to say whatever the hell they want, no matter whose panties it bunches. The man on the other side who implied that Charlie Hebdo got what it deserved, and that the right to offend is a poisonous, dangerous notion, was one Asghar Bukhari of the Muslim Public Affairs Committee.

Bukhari defamed Charlie Hebdo as racist, the same dim-witted claim made by every Charliephobe who has clearly never seen an issue of this magazine that rails against the far right and prejudiced politicians.

  • Millie_Woods

    The same people who cheered the Hebdo massacre at Trinity are the same people who speak vehemently in support of euthanasia and killing the unborn, and then go out and hold a candlelight vigil to stop a mass murderer from being executed.

    “Ye shall know them by their words” Matthew 7:16E

    • The left is insane. Criminally so.

      • Millie_Woods

        But don’t worry, it’s a university. They’re only our future leaders.

  • UCSPanther

    This is messed up. Do these morons realize what would happen if an attack similar to the Charlie Hebdo massacre was targeted against a University campus?

    Jihadists don’t care if you support them. If you ain’t with them, you’re dead.

    • Millie_Woods

      That’s the problem, they are ‘with them’.

  • simus1

    Decades of steady pot, alcohol, and rec pharma abuse in their family backgrounds could be a possible explanation for their upside down morality.

  • pdxnag

    It is always a balance issue. The judgment of wise men is that the greater risk (or harm) to individual freedom and liberty is when government picks which person or group may speak and which person or group must shut up. Invariably a government right to say shut up to private folks will favor the people who then control the reins of government, tending to advance tyranny.

    Islam and its Sharia law embody a form of Uber Tyranny and totalitarianism, requiring the most vigorous of heightened protections for criticism of the same – not the embrace of a race toward such tyranny.

  • canminuteman

    The guy who was arguing that you have a right to offend anyone should have punctuated his argument by kicking the crap out of the guy who thought that you have a right to assault people who offend you. I am offended by people who think that they shouldn’t be offended, and if he thinks that is what he deserves for offending people he should be happy with the outcome.