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    Reaping the Whirlwind With Charlie Hebdo

    A handful of Muslims brutally murdered some French cartoonists for blaspheming their holy man. Have we learned something new from this? Yes, it turns out Muslims (well, the fundamentalist types, not many, but more than you’d think, although not the majority, but a significant number, in no way “all,” but in some sense “all”) don’t believe in free speech, although we Westerners know that God wrote “free speech” on tablets of stone, and emblazoned a desire for it onto all human hearts.  And free speech is, of course, the cornerstone of Western society (whatever that now is).  Ergo, the Muslims (some, not all, but a lot, though not too many)…