Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Is Paris Burning?' Not Just a Film Title

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

'Is Paris Burning?' Not Just a Film Title

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The late Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times, Paul Conrad, frequently used religious symbols to illustrate his point of view. Conrad drew the ire of some readers whenever he used the Star of David or a cross in his drawings. Letters to the editor denounced him, but to my knowledge no one showed up at the newspaper to kill him.

This is the difference between radical Islam and other faiths. Jews and Christians have been targets of persecution, but with rare exceptions in modern times those faiths do not encourage, or tolerate, murder in the name of God.

Were he alive today, I wonder if Conrad would draw a cartoon that depicts the Prophet Muhammad in a bad light.

The latest terrorist attack in Paris is part of a much larger problem exacerbated by Western governments and Western thinking.

It is delusional to think that by allowing people into our countries with little or no experience in religious diversity, tolerance, freedom of the press and democracy they will want to become like us. Instead, they use our freedoms to promote oppression, intolerance and censorship.

Those who have left countries where few, if any, Western virtues are practiced are not going to be "converted" to faith in democracy. Homegrown terrorists like the Paris killers, are part of the same breed, which wishes to destroy societies they regard as wicked. The Charlie Hebdo killers, identified as Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said, were, after two days, cornered in a print shop in Dammartin- en-Goele and killed in the standoff. They wanted to die as martyrs. They died as murderers.

The West's "reach out" strategy has failed to modernize the anti- modernists, not only in France, but in Germany and England where enclaves of radical Muslims live according to their own laws in "no go" zones. …

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