George Galloway has described Charlie Hebdo as “a racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag. Typical of Gorgeous George he ignores everything that he can’t get angry about, that doesn’t prove or argue with what he believes. He ignores the magazine’s continued and long standing criticism of the Catholic Church, for instance. Like the Pope he blames the victim.
To stand with Charlie Hebdo isn’t flowers on a celebrity’s grave, an act of condolence of a stranger. It is to make a stand against those who say “You may not say anything about my religion, because I will be offended.” That attitude would be unacceptable with any other notion: caricatures of politicians aren’t stopped because those who believe in their policies profoundly are upset. Criticising someone’s home town may be downright rude, but isn’t something that can never be said. Yet religeon demands this pass – despite not only the followers of Abraham splinting into three sects that not only disagree vehemently with each other, they can’t even agree among themselves what they believe, yet attack anyone who questions their world view as intolerant. Einstein may not have liked Niels Bohr’s sub-atomic theories, but he did admit their correctness when proof was shown. He didn’t feel the need to set off a bomb.
This is the response I put on HuffPo UK