Don’t let yourself be offended

This past Wednesday, two men armed with AK-47 assault rifles, a shotgun, and a rocket launcher forced their way into the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly newspaper. They killed 12 people and wounded another 11. The two men, Saïd Kouachi and Chérif Kouachi, were brothers born in France to Algerian immigrants. Evidently the Kouachi brothers objected to cartoons printed in Charlie Hebdo that lampooned Islam, the Quran, and the Prophet Muhammad.

The Kouachi brothers were Muslim. How odd they would perpetrate such a heinous, brutal crime against a bunch of innocent, unarmed people. Islam is a religion of peace. Who would have thought a Muslim would even know how to use an AK-47 or a rocket launcher?


Both Saïd and Chérif were killed on Friday by French police, so I guess delving too deep into their stupid religious beliefs is pretty much a moot point. It doesn’t matter what they claimed to believe. They’re dead.

The point is, they objected to some poorly drawn cartoons that mocked their dumb religion, so they killed and wounded a bunch of unarmed, innocent people. They did this because they were offended.

offendedIf you find yourself offended by the words or drawings of others, then that’s a personal failure on you and you alone. If something offends you, don’t expose yourself to it. If something offends you, hold yourself responsible for allowing yourself to be offended, not the person who created the thing that you claim to be offended by.

If the Kouachi brothers didn’t like what was being published in the pages of Charlie Hebdo, then they should have just just not read it, not arm themselves with military weaponry and murder a bunch of innocent people.

How hard is it really to avoid the things you don’t like?

We give far too much respect to people who allow themselves to become offended by things. Instead of coddling people like this, we should be pointing out what whiny babies they are.