Feathered Bastard

Charlie Hebdo, Dennis Gilman and How Pro-Cop Thugs Resemble Muslim Terrorists

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo killings, I've heard a lot of lame talk, sometimes from very intelligent people, about how the terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly reveals the general intolerance of Islam, particularly when compared to (supposedly) enlightened Western democracies.

American commentators have been emphatic on this point, overlooking the intolerance of home-grown extremists toward those who speak their piece.

The 1968 slaying of Martin Luther King, Jr., by a white supremacist comes to mind, since today is MLK Day.

Add to that, the terror that the self-proclaimed "Christian" organization known as the Ku Klux Klan imposed on blacks, Jews, immigrants and anyone who opposed it.

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Stephen is a former staff writer and columnist at Phoenix New Times.
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