A tenet of Islam may provide a clue to the infamy in Paris. Islam prohibits any image of the prophet Muhammad. A messenger of God without an image is nonexistent in the image-driven media and culture of the West’s secular mainstream. Yet any image of the messenger of God is offensive to 25 percent of the world’s population.
How offensive is an image of the messenger of God to a Muslim, particularly one generated by a non-Muslim that negatively portrays the messenger? Could it be as offensive as a Caucasian yelling the N-word in a black neighborhood?
Religion throughout history more than anything has been and continues to be the most fervent belief to live and die for.
There are 2 billion Christians, and many believe a Muslim cannot get to heaven; ditto for the Muslim heaven. If a Muslim business circulated offensive images of Jesus then probability would direct violence toward the owner.
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This cannot by any means justify what happened in Pairs. It illustrates that ignorance of another’s religion is not bliss and confirms that religion is the supreme contradictory mystery. It unites us, divides us, saves us and murders us.