Today is the one year anniversary of a series of Muslim terrorist attacks in Paris, including the murder of 12 people at the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Charlie Hebdo was a symbol of freedom and secularism.
More than a million Frenchmen and some world leaders marched in solidarity with the victims. They carried signs saying "Je Suis Charlie," which means "I am Charlie." Some carried large pencils.
But hang on. Charlie wasn’t about saying, “We’re for free speech." Charlie was actually about DOING free speech.
If you really "were Charlie," a million Frenchmen would have carried pictures of Mohammed.
Well, they didn’t. Because they really don’t believe in freedom enough to put their lives at risk, and more importantly, to risk being called racist or, God forbid, Islamophobic.
A year ago it was 12 people killed at Charlie Hebdo.
Charlie Hebdo shocked France. But that shock wore off.
We’re the same. We all said we were shocked when Muslim terrorists attacked our Parliament.
But we’ve forgotten already, and are bringing in 50,000 unvetted Muslim Syrians.
My first guest, Dr. Daniel Pipes of The Middle East Forum, talks about the fallout from the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks, one year later. Has anything changed?
Pipes has a theory about the difference between the reaction to Charlie Hebdo and the later terror attack in Paris. We talk about my idea that our elites fear "Islamophobia-phobia": the fear of being called "Islamophobic."
Pipes also explains why he stopped using the word "terrorism" a few months ago -- it's not the same reason the media avoids the word, however.
We also talk about what happened in Cologne, Germany which he says must have been organized in advance, but I don't entirely agree.
PS: Pipes reveals troubling information about the German government and Facebook censorship.
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