Charlie vs the “disgusting paternalism” of leftist intellectuals

Slain Charlie Hebdo editor: “Suggestion that you can laugh at everything, except certain aspects of Islam…is…discrimination”

Stéphane Charbonnier’s message from beyond the grave: Open Letter to the Fraudsters of Islamophobia who Play into Racists’ Hands– Jihad Wach
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“It’s time to finish with this disgusting paternalism of the white, left-wing bourgeois intellectual seeking to prove himself among the ‘poor unfortunate undereducated.’” Indeed. I have often remarked upon the Left’s condescending paternalism toward Muslims, in holding them to lower standards of behavior than those to which non-Muslims are held. Charb articulates their unconscious assumptions: “Since I am educated, I understand that Charlie Hebdo is using humour. But out of respect for you [Muslims], since you haven’t yet discovered second-degree humour, I will denounce these Islamophobic drawings that I pretend not to understand. I will put myself at your level to show that I love you.”

And even worse, this self-censorship plays into the hands of those who want to bring Islam’s blasphemy laws to the free world and criminalize criticism of Islam, thereby allowing the global jihad to proceed unopposed and unhindered.

“Charlie Hebdo’s dead editor in posthumous attack on left-wing French intellectuals,” by Henry Samuel, Telegraph, April 15, 2015 (thanks to Robert Spencer):

Left-wing intellectuals in France who leapt to Charlie Hebdo’s defence after the Paris terror attacks are guilty of “disgusting paternalism”, the satirical weekly’s slain editor claims in a posthumous book.

Stéphane Charbonnier’s message from beyond the grave will rock the sense of national unity in the wake of the attacks in and around the French capital, which saw three terrorists gun down 17 people before being killed.

Charb, as he was known, finished Lettre Ouverte aux Escrocs de l’Islamophobie qui Font le Jeu des Racistes (Open Letter to the Fraudsters of Islamophobia who Play into Racists’ Hands) just two days before he was among 12 killed in the first attack by Islamist extremists to “avenge” the publication of drawings of the Prophet.

The book accuses the media of fomenting hatred against the magazine and the former Right-wing French president Nicolas Sarkozy of “freeing up” racism in France.

It slams Islamists who apply the Koran to the letter as if they were “putting up Ikea shelves”, and are ready to “cut the infidel’s throats along the dotted line otherwise God will deprive me of Club Med in the afterlife”.

But it saves its heaviest salvos for Left-leaning intellectuals, described as “ridiculous demagogues” for accusing Charlie Hebdo of going too far by publishing drawings of Mohammad. Many then joined mass street demonstrations after his death under the ‘Je Suis Charlie’ banner.

“The suggestion that you can laugh at everything, except certain aspects of Islam, because Muslims are much more susceptible that [sic] the rest of the population, what is that, if not discrimination?,” it asks.

“It’s time to finish with this disgusting paternalism of the white, left-wing bourgeois intellectual seeking to prove himself among the ‘poor unfortunate undereducated’,” it goes on.

Seeking to explain what he saw as intellectuals’ condescension masquerading as solidarity, Charb writes: “Since I am educated, I understand that Charlie Hebdo is using humour. But out of respect for you [Muslims], since you haven’t yet discovered second-degree humour, I will denounce these Islamophobic drawings that I pretend not to understand. I will put myself at your level to show that I love you.

“These ridiculous demagogues just have a huge need to be the centre of attention and want to satisfy their formidable fantasy to dominate others.”…

He writes: “Those who accuse Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonist of Islamophobia every time a figure in them has a beard are not only showing dishonesty or gratuitous bad faith, they are displaying support for so-called radical Islam.”