“Know this, my beloved brothers; let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” -James 1:19, ESV
Last weeks massacre in Paris in reaction to a satirical cartoon published by the famed Charlie Hebdo has sparked fresh debate about the virtues and vices of free speech. These brutal attacks were apparently precipitated by a cartoon in that publication featuring a disrespectful and lewd depiction of Muhammad, Islam’s founding prophet.
The world, it would seem, is appropriately outraged, as there is absolutely no justification for violence. If one’s ideas or beliefs can’t stand heavy scrutiny–even the disrespectful kind–without resorting to violence, then whatever you believe is demonstrated to be a lie. People from across all ideological and religious spectrum–including vast numbers of Muslims–are rightfully condemning this act. But what most–including Christians–are missing in this conversation is that it involves two very different questions. Continue reading →