Part of the entrance fee into a free society is acceptance that while you have the right to believe as you choose, you have no right to expect others will share or even respect those beliefs.
No one should expect to come to a new place and say, “I’m here now, so you change who you are to accommodate me.” Newcomers can and certainly do add beneficial cultural layers to a diverse society. But when they demand that their new home become just like the one they left, it sets up inevitable clashes.
Paris saw the most deadly version of that dynamic last week, when two armed Islamic radicals stormed through the offices of a satirical newspaper and murdered 12 people. The jihadists claimed to be avenging the Prophet Muhammad, a frequent target of the publication’s cartoonists and writers.
Much of the content of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper is vile and disgusting. It features grotesque drawings and inflammatory, irreverent articles that often appear at the most inappropriate times.