Blasphemy, Bigoty, and #jesuischarlie

In a really interesting discussion of Charlie Hebdo and their satirical cartoons on her show, Melissa Harris-Perry mentioned definitions of bigotry and blasphemy that really help when talking about satire, particularly the kind Charlie Hebdo does, and “punching up.” This is the corresponding quote from an article by Mahmood Mamdani in which he defines these …

“Ceci n’est pas une religion.” (via @MoAsumang) Edit: Oh. I just realized that, in the Magritte original The Treachery of Images, the thing about the painting of the pipe is that it’s a representation of a pipe, not actually pipe, etc. On that level, what does this painting/picture say? That attack weapons are a religion but …