ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The organizer of the "Draw Mohammad Contest", Pamela Gellar, maintains that the deaths of the terrorists strikes a blow for Freedom of speech in the United States.
I don't agree.
Of course, in the United States, Gellar has the Constitutional Right to mock Islam with these drawings of Mohammad, and the terrorists have no Right to react violently to the drawings. Gellar believes the offended Muslims should simply "suck it up" if they want to live in a free society.
Gellar may very well be within her Rights, but should she intentionally offend someone because of their religious beliefs?
I don't think she should.
I do not defend Islam; I believe Muslims are Hell bound. I'm also realistic enough to know that quite a few people feel the same way about Catholicism. The Church is under attack by both atheists and Protestants and assorted New-agers.
Recently, vandals defaced a statue of the Virgin Mary at St. Thomas More University Parish and Student Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
Likewise, a Maryland synagogue was vandalized with swastikas a month ago.
No one defends the Rights of thugs to spew hatred toward Christians or Jews. Why aren't Muslims shown the same courtesy? I've come across comments online of some who would defend throwing pigs blood into mosques in America. Anyone calling for that sort of thing in a synagogue or church would rightly be called out as a bigot.
Shouldn't it be the same for Muslims?