As always, humor is the enemy of fundamentalism. It’s the key to the inhumanity and the cowardice of the mindlessly religious, of any faith: they can’t afford criticism, curiosity, contradiction, absurdity or pleasure. Sometimes I wonder if art, in whatever form, ever really makes a difference, but these horrendous murders prove that art can expose evil. Such tragedy is of course, too high a price to pay, but there it is – those brave writers, cartoonists and editors have exposed the truly wicked. And the truly wicked so often claim piety.
January 8, 2015