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Three Things That Don’t Go Together: The State, The Press, and Religion

Why? Because the people who do think they go together are insane:

In continuing protests, Palestinian gunmen shut the European Union office Thursday in Gaza City, writing on the door that the office would remain closed until the Europeans apologize to Muslims, Palestinian security sources told CNN.

Wearing masks, the men — from Islamic Jihad and the al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah — fired bullets into the air and one of them read demands.

On Monday, a similar demonstration occurred in Gaza City to protest of a series of cartoons in a Danish newspaper considered offensive by many Muslims.

Palestinian officials said the gunmen were threatening to kidnap European workers if the European Union did not apologize.

Incredibly, a newspaper editor in France may even be worse:

Following the publication in Paris, according to the authoritative daily newspaper Le Monde, the publisher of France Soir, Raymond Lakah, fired the editorial director of the newspaper, Jacques Lefranc.

According to Le Monde, which described Lakah as “Franco-Egyptian,” the publisher issued a statement saying he had decided to fire Lefranc as president and director of the newspaper in “a strong sign of respect to the intimate convictions and beliefs of each individual.”

By “convictions and beliefs” he must mean the idea that threats and violence should overcome freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

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