Financial Times on Parish magazine massacre:
"Some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo”
Perhaps I lack a sufficient quantity of this virtue...
I once had a brief conversation with a pretty girl in Indigo books. It was the year Ezra Levant's Western Report magazine published something or other that had "offended Muslims" and I was in Indigo (a now-defunct Canadian book chain superstore that I normally never went into) to see if I could get a copy.
Actually, I knew perfectly well that I wouldn't find a copy of it, but for some reason, I was feeling bloody-minded and I went in to see how many of the staff I could annoy by asking for it.
I said to the girl, "I couldn't see the latest edition of Western Report."
"Oh, that one's been taken down."
"Well, it got a lot of complaints."
"What kind of complaints?"
"Oh, you know... people found it offensive, so we took it off the shelves because we didn't want any incidents."
"Incidents? What kind of incidents? Which people were these?"
"Well, you know. We're a volatile people, so it's best not to offend us."
"Well, those are my people and it was insulting our religion."
"Well, that's funny because over there in what Indigo calls the 'Christianity' section, there are a bunch of books that I, as a believing Catholic, find deeply offensive and insulting, so why do you think they're not being pulled off the shelves?... Could it be it because the Vatican doesn't issue fatwas?"