Iconoclasm Now: Charlie Hebdo and the Lethal Power of Art

All look on in revulsion as terrorists yelling “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad! Allahu akbar!” kill people for making and publishing drawings of the prophet Muhammad. Again, not to over-simply ideological fanaticism, and not even raising how smug, snotty, and obnoxious the cartoons actually are (were they racist or anti-Semitic and regularly published in America, all sorts of hell would be raised; guns, of course, eliminate all nuance), this non-random planned act was carried out because of a drawing. Killing for images is as primitively rooted and as complex as killing those who believe in one real or fictional God and not another. All four great monotheistic religions — Judaism, Christianity, Mohammedanism, and Zoroastrianism — are based on the Old Testament. About the making of images, the Second Commandment states, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image … for I the Lord thy God am a jealous

Article source: http://www.vulture.com/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-and-the-threat-of-iconoclasm.html

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