The Conflict of Iconoclasts

France is holding huge rallies for free speech after the Charlie Hebdo murders, but they have arrested a comedian for his antisemitic speech.  Now the Pope, while condemning the terrorist attack, is underscoring that mocking religion is wrong in itself.  Issues of free speech are apparently more complicated than is often assumed.

Meanwhile, the sold-out new issue of the satirical magazine that was attacked makes clear its distinct ideological position, namely, a militant atheism.  The editors say how they laughed when the bells of Notre Dame would be rung in their honor, and that those who say “‘I am Charlie’ need to also know that that means, ‘I am secularism.’”  The point is, both the terrorists and their victims are iconoclasts.

After the jump, Stephen Richert, while condemning the killings and insisting that he is not blaming the victim, argues that freedom of speech is NOT the primary value of civilization and that leftist iconoclasts and Islamic iconoclasts have more in common than either of them realize. [Read more...]

The Dalton gang meets the Second Amendment

In the course of a discussion on the importance of an armed citizenry, Michael Walsh tells how the citizens of Coffeyville, Kansas, shot up the Dalton gang.  The story is similar to what the good folks of Northfield, Minnesota, did to another set of formidable outlaws, the gangs of Jesse James and Cole Younger.  I blogged about Northfield, but I didn’t know about Coffeyville, even though that small city is just across the border from where I grew up! [Read more...]

Sea of Blue

Nationwide, “hands up” and “I can’t breathe” protesters have been demonstrating against police brutality.  But now police are staging demonstrations of their own. protesting the politicians and the citizens who do not appreciate the danger police officers face and who make it worse with their anti-police rhetoric.  Cities nationwide are seeing “sea of blue” demonstrations, featuring thousands of police officers in their blue uniforms. [Read more...]

#4 most popular Cranach post of the year

From January 24, 2014, the fourth most-viewed post on this blog for the year:

Ranking states by how corrupt they are.

Two cops murdered as protest

The protests against the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, and Eric Garner in New York City have led to what a New Jersey police union official  describes as a “fever pitch of anti-police sentiment.”  Across the country, routine police actions have become fraught with tension and the rhetoric of the protesters is sometimes advocating violence against the police.  Now two New York City police officers have been assassinated as retaliation. [Read more...]

North Korean hackers win

We blogged about  the hack of Sony pictures, apparently by North Koreans angry about “The Interview,” a comedy about an attempt to assassinate that country’s dear leader, Kim Jong-un.  The organization that broke into the company’s data released vast amounts of embarrassing information online, including racially charged remarks about President Obama from chief executives, insulting information about how the studio viewed certain stars, and financial details about who makes more than who.  Not to mention entire movies that can now be pirated before their release.

But then the hackers had this to say about the release of the movie on Christmas day:  “The world will be full of fear.  “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.)”

With this dirrect threat,  many theater chains and distributors cancelled the showings.  Whereupon Sony has killed the movie completely. [Read more...]


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