@coffeeaddict, great topic. One which will invoke many to feel uncomfortable I’m sure.
First of all, would I read or follow a newspaper like Charlie Hebdo? No. I think their cartoons are offensive, I don’t have that kind of humor, and I think it’s pointless and caters to the type of person that has nothing better to do than be hateful.
Do I think they should have the right to produce and distribute offensive content? Heck yes! Just like I have the right to not read it. We vote with our dollars you know. We vote with our time. We give them time and buy their magazines and thats on us. We shouldn’t ban anything.
Now to the broader topic of Islam:
Lets get one thing straight, not all Muslims are violent. Although, many violent “religious” acts today are done so in the name of Islam.
I personally believe that there is a split in the Islamic community, and a so called war for it’s identity. I think there are definitely violent Muslims, and more than the nonviolent are willing to admit, that hope to empower the extremist followers of Islam to spread Islam around the world and force people to follow it. I do not think the extremist Muslims are willing to keep to themselves, or just wish to be left alone. If you just take five minutes to listen to extremist leaders, they will tell you their goal, it is to take over the world with Islam through violent force. They believe that CHAOS in the world is what brings about the new age.
That being said, it’s crazy to believe that all Muslims believe this. Many Muslims are moderate, peaceful, and don’t hope to cut people’s heads off if they refuse to convert.
I think this is a good article summing up my opinion on the topic: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30717728
Furthermore, I think we all need to realize that the refusal to integrate, while expecting to immigrate, is a pretty obvious sign of Muslim extremists. If you don’t know what I am talking about, there has been a rise of so called “Islam only communities.” Where Shariah law is the law of the land, and government law enforcement is not welcome, respected, or enforced.
Don’t believe me? In 2004 the government of France claimed there were 751 of them total. 6 million people lived in them: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2006/11/the-751-no-go-zones-of-france
They call them “No Go Zones” and apparently even today they are making it hard to search for the terrorists responsible for yesterday’s attack: http://video.foxnews.com/v/3977977185001/no-go-zones-complicate-search-for-paris-terror-suspects/?#sp=show-clips
This is happening all over Europe where, and I think this whole attack on Charlie Hebdo may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.
I think everyone should live together in harmony and in peace, and I think most people want that.