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France: Atheist Jailed For Using Grenades To Attack A French Mosque

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

© AFP | Police outside a mosque in Le Mans, western France, after the building came under attack on January 7, 2015

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.

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Dan Cali correctly captures the double standards of the way this would have been covered had it been a Muslim.

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  • George Carty

    I’d given Dawkins the benefit of the doubt and thought he was just being sloppy in his language, using “religion” as short-hand for “One-True-Way-for-humanity ethical system”.

  • moraka

    It properly depends which “enlightened atheists”. Many of them like Richard Dawkins are just bigots. He for example committed takfir on the Soviet Union, by claiming the communism became a religion, to overcome the argument that even atheist regime commit evil.

  • George Carty

    And I hardly think the act of acquiring grenades in the first place could be described as “spontaneous”.

  • George Carty

    I suspect that what the “enlightened atheists” fear is not theism per se (in the sense of believing in one or more deities), but all ethical systems that see themselves as the One True Way for humanity. (Craig Schumacher described such ethical systems as “Phase II”, in contrast with “Phase I” systems which emerged to serve the interests of a particular ethnocultural group, and “Phase III” systems which see diversity of opinion as a positive asset in uncovering ultimate truths.)

    Such systems obviously include Islam and Christianity, but also include secular systems such as Marxism and Objectivism.

  • moraka

    Indeed, indeed.

  • George Carty

    What, you’re saying even atheists can be takfiris?

  • cmyfe .

    Yawn…. Bullshit.

  • Cengiz_K

    Haven’t it been You who colourfuly described Tarek Fatah as glycerine bomb? If my memory serves me right, otheriwse excuse my faulty citation..

  • Trimmercastle42

    Hi DrM
    Do you have a link to your blog?

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  • Cengiz_K

    I liked the one about the glycerine bomb..

  • I got the message but have my ids and passwords all forgotten/messed up on mobile devices since I am traveling so can’t reply. All is well.

  • HSkol

    Thank you – that she is – of course, I’m rather partial being her father and all.

    BTW, I sent you a direct message elsewhere.

  • moraka

    According to enlightened atheists, he most likely had become religious. In the same vein that the crimes of the Soviet union was caused by the fact that communism became a religion. Because every time an atheist commits a crime, that person is immediately declared an infidel (a theist) and has left the faith (atheism).

  • Your daughter especially is precious.

  • Trimmercastle42

    Maybe it was a parking dispute that caused him to throw grenades at the mosque!

  • HSkol

    Thank you. You’d absolutely love the little ones. And, you’d at least tolerate me, I hope. 🙂

    I have no doubts whatsoever that your family is incredibly wonderful in all regards.

  • Your family is beautiful.

  • cmyfe .

    The enlightened Atheists obviously don’t need to condemn this and they will offer some “logic” explaining how this action had nothing to do with his belief and then they’ll explain how doing this is actually not bad.

  • HSkol

    Thanks. I consider myself an OK dad. Nursing homes often kill – though not intentionally. Loss of independence is to a great many the loss of one’s life itself – for me it would be.

  • 1DrM

    So this home grown terrorist gets only a year…sure helps to have the complexion for the protection. What is truly disgusting is that this French dirt bag worked in the health care industry but didn’t hesitate to resort to terrorism because of his sick beliefs. To hell with Charlie and the phoney free speechers.

  • mindy1

    Ok seriously?! Just take a deep breath. I wish people would just stop this crap >:(

  • HSkol

    I think I might rewire a house or two, and maybe do some plumbing, and likely enough learn a couple foreign languages, and then see my kids graduate, and then see my kids get married, and see them have kids, and get tucked away in a nursing home …

  • golden izanagi

    well while we are waiting for that I guess I will discuss go and politics with a unicorn then later I’m probably make plans to play the new mortal kombat game with cthullu and some of the other old gods.

  • HSkol

    Let us all anxiously await condemnation of this act by moderate atheists, Republicans, and drinkers. Oh, and the French – and whites too (the article didn’t say the criminal is white – just a guess). Did I miss anything?


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