I was going to write something about French culture in relation to Charlie Hebdo and in fact had started it, but this is better.
Basically, don’t listen to anyone writing about the whole affair who doesn’t know anything about French culture.
They will (and have been) getting it wrong. Very, very wrong.
I can’t fucking believe we have to defend secularism and free speech against “liberals,” but there you go.
You know I used to believe that the Right was utterly fucking crazy when they talked about how the liberals tend to embrace objective evil if it’s cloaked in the veil of oppression. But now that I’ve seen the liberal reactions to Muslim oppression of women and now Charlie Hebdo and secularism, you know what?
The Right was fucking, well, right — a little, at least.