As a site that traffics more in snark than cultured high brow discussion, I am choosing to wait rather than mouth off about an on-going crisis. (Although from following the news, it appears that the hostages are now free and the terrorists either dead or in custody.) At the same time, I didn’t feel right just ignoring the situation precisely because I traffic more in snark than cultured high brow discussion. Satirical social critics who refuse to declare religion “off-limits,” of whom I consider myself an insignificant member, open ourselves up to threats of violence from extremist believers of just about every faith. (Although I admit a death threat coming from an extremist sect of Jainism would be very unlikely.) Most of us who are critical of religion in a scathing manner have been recipients of a threat or two, most of which are obviously illegitimate. Some of us have unfortunately been on the receiving end of serious threats (a group I thankfully do not belong to), and have had to cope with not only the fear from the threat, but all the chaos and inconvenience dealing with the threat brings to their lives.
And for some, it is not a threat, but a horrifying reality. For some, their satirical criticism of religion has cost them their lives.
It is in their memory that the rest of our little club must carry on, with our cartoons or our articles, our skits and our songs, whatever our method of satire may be, refusing to let any religion silence our voices.
Now I am off to camp a certain persons Twitter account, because I can not wait to see how Reza Aslan absolves Islam of any blame this time.