The assailant said “I am a Republican, an atheist, and what happened at Charlie Hebdo infuriated me.” Keep in mind that people have been sent to jail for over a year for simply speaking yet he gets a year in jail for throwing grenades. How would the charges and media coverage be if the roles were reversed?
Will the media now ask (not that they should) moderate atheists to condemn this act of terrorism I won’t hold breath.
Pensioner jailed for attacking French mosque
A French court has sentenced a 69-year-old man to prison for throwing plaster grenades and shooting at a mosque in western France. The man said he had acted in anger over a deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
The court on Wednesday sentenced Jacques Chaillou, a former psychiatric nurse with no criminal record, to three years in jail. He is expected to serve only the first year as the rest of his sentence is suspended.
Chaillou launched four plaster grenades and fired a rifle at the mosque in the city of Le Mans on the night of January 7, hours after two gunmen killed 12 people in a deadly rampage at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices. There were no casualties in the mosque attack.
Chaillou, who has been detained since his arrest in mid-January, told investigators he “doubted” there would have been anyone at the mosque at the time of the attack.
On Tuesday he told the court “he was not proud” and described being upset by the death of the Charlie Hebdo journalists. The pensioner said he had been drinking and his action was “spontaneous”.
“I am a Republican, an atheist, and what happened at Charlie Hebdo infuriated me. [The Charlie Hebdo attack] is a barrier to the independence of the press in our country,” he said.
Dan Cali correctly captures the double standards of the way this would have been covered had it been a Muslim.
— Dan_CALI (@Dan_B899) February 26, 2015