As you'd expect, over at The Australian, Murdoch's myrmidons are putting the Charlie Hebdo massacre to good use: columnist Brendan O'Neill, for example, would have us unleash our inner Charlie Hebdo and mouth off whenever 'the spirit' (of... ?) moves us:
"So, if you want to pay tribute to the brave souls at Charlie Hebdo don't just hold up a pen in public and then go back to accepting the idea that offensiveness should be strangled - be a bit Charlie Hebdo in your everyday life and blaspheme against gods, prophets, orthodoxies and stupidities in the name of freedom and progress." (Restore the right to offend, 10/1/15)
The trouble with Brendan's urging is that he doesn't tell us which particular gods, prophets, orthodoxies, stupidities, freedom and progress we're supposed to blaspheme against, or whether there's a time and a place for this sort of thing, or (very important this) what we should do if following his advice gets us into trouble. Then, of course, there's that all important question: What if, like Brendan, we know SFA about what we're blaspheming against?
But seriously, folks, if from now on you notice an eruption of walking, talking Daily Telegraphs or a rash of Ray Hadleys where before there were none, I think it's probably safe to assume they're following Brendan's sage advice.
Of course, The Australian wouldn't be The Australian unless someone, somewhere in its sandpit, used Charlie Hebdo as a stick to beat the Palestinians with. Meet Jennifer Oriel:
"In the long view of history, the Western world's response to terrorism will be seen as a paradox of criminalising the effects while cossetting the cause. Only a few weeks prior to the murderous attack on Charlie Hebdo artists in Paris, the European Parliament uncritically acknowledged the terrorist group Hamas as a standing government in its motion to recognise Palestinian statehood." (Wink at Hamas is a nod for Islamist terror, 10/1/15)
Thanks for conflating the Palestinian resistance with the Charlie Hebdo assassins, Jennifer, but no thanks.
Israel, eh? Now there's one orthodoxy you'll never find Brendan (or, I suspect, Charlie Hebdo) blaspheming against. Funny that.