Let’s get this straight. As Christians, we deplore mocking other people’s religious beliefs and Charlie Hebdo’s cartoon are understandably offensive. But to call such cartoons a provocation establishes a shameful moral equivalence between the act and the response.
An offensive cartoon may be a provocation for a sternly worded letter to the editor or even a boycott. But it is not a provocation to mass murder. A child’s bad behavior is not a provocation to abuse. A wife’s talkback is not a provocation to a broken nose. And an offensive cartoon is not a provocation to mass murder. To call it one is offensive to me. Maybe Bill Donohue just provoked me. Fortunately for Bill, I just write blog posts about such things.