Jesus ‘n’ Mo ‘n’ murderous secularism

Today’s Jesus and Mo strip, called “roots”, came with this email note:

France deserves more support than it’s getting from its allies.

That’s for sure. And there’s a link to a Foreign Policy article (click on screenshot):

An excerpt. Note how the NYT changed the title of its article. What a rag!

In the latest of a series of personal attacks against the French president, Erdogan claimed that “Macron needed mental treatment” for his response to the attack. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted on Twitter that Macron’s words encouraged “Islamophobia,” while Mahathir Mohamad, the former prime minister of Malaysia, upped the ante by commenting that Muslims have a right to “kill millions of French people” in reaction to the “disrespect” they suffered. Some of the U.S. media coverage seems to take at face value the opportunistic accusations of illiberal leaders such as Erdogan. One article spoke grandiloquently of a “crackdown on Islam,” and the initial headline on a New York Times piece about Paty’s killing was “French Police Shoot and Kill Man After a Fatal Knife Attack on the Street.”

As France mourns its victims, its fight against terrorism and radicalism deserves more understanding and solidarity.

The coverage has puzzled if not angered French observers. An op-ed in Le Monde denounced a “disconcerting American blindness when it comes to jihadism in France.” Macron’s measures have frequently been analyzed through the prism of domestic electoral politics as allegedly trying to co-opt the far-right. But this analysis represents a gross misunderstanding of the French political reality. A recent poll on the upcoming French presidential election in 2022 shows a situation eerily similar to the one that prevailed in 2017, when Macron roundly defeated Marine Le Pen in the second round. The vast majority of French citizens feel deep concern over the situation. According to a IFOP survey last month, 89 percent of respondents considered the terrorist threat to be “high,” 87 percent that “secularism is in danger,” and 79 percent that “Islamism has declared war on the nation and the Republic.” Are these all National Rally voters?

No, of course not.  The reason for the slanted coverage, at least on the Left, is Wokeness. We all know that. If murders are committed by Muslims in the service of their faith’s dictates, those murders are to be minimized. Instead, the Woke and the extreme Left emphasize the oppression of Muslims by the French. After all, Muslims are people of color.

It’s time for us to accept that although the majority of Muslims in the West are not murderers, wanting to live in peace, a disturbingly large proportion in Europe, Canada, and America find attacks on civilians “justifiable”. Yes, in other ages, other faiths have been murderous. But the Inquisition is far behind us and won’t recur, while Islam still has a problem with extremist terrorists. If you read the Qur’an, or the article “Why we hate you & why we fight you” from the ISIS magazine Dabiq. It’s religion, stupid! (See also Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s latest book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now.

But I digress. The Divine Duo seems to agree with the Woke:


  1. Dom
    Posted November 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Islamists or isn’tlamists?

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted November 4, 2020 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I think this goes beyond wokeness because this type of conflict in the liberal mind existed before we knew what wokeness was. I hate to say it but Dinesh D’Souza actually called this out years ago and it was probably the only thing I agreed with him on.

  3. Stephen Pilotte
    Posted November 4, 2020 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Our own Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to clarify comments he made last week about the limits of free speech when he said: “Freedom of expression is not unlimited. For example, it’s not allowed to cry ‘fire’ in a packed cinema,” What kind of nonsense is that. I was proud to hear our Quebec Premier François Legault defend free speech.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted November 4, 2020 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      Yeah and he won’t come out and say he supports France either….just dithers on about how he’ll talk to Macron soon (he thinks).

  4. Posted November 4, 2020 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    The liberal stance on the French murders is regressive and sad. Even here on WEIT, this cartoon (Jesus n Mo) puts both the author and Prof CCE in implicit danger. This is insane. Charlie feels dead.

  5. rickflick
    Posted November 4, 2020 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Good one.

  6. De wilt
    Posted November 4, 2020 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Listen up Ladies… the Koran commands Muslims to separate from non Muslims and also commands them to hate non Muslims…

    While most Muslims are not problematic, the ideology is… and always will be…

  7. KD
    Posted November 4, 2020 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    People can be extremely naive about terrorism. The IRA when it was most active was approximately 500 people, but was able to effectively terrorize millions and create millions and millions of dollars in property damage. Given freedom of movement in the EU, a small group of 500 could create unimaginable havoc across Europe. Shutting down freedom of expression to placate terrorists and their sympathizers is not going to make Europe safer, it is simply going to increase the ransom demands.

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