Islam v Christianity – a real life example as it played out at Whaleoil

A few days ago, I ran this Charlie Hebdo cartoon together with one about Muhammad to make the point that, although offensive to some, it wasn’t going to cause “lone wolf” Christians to go on a hostage taking murder rampage.


I am fully aware that cartoon is extremely offensive to some.   And yet here it is again.  Why?  

Because I received this email

From: Bill Roberts <[email protected]>
Date: Saturday, January 10, 2015
Subject: Whale Oil Contact submission
To: [email protected]
Name: Bill Roberts

Email: [email protected]

Message: Found your cartoon of the birth of Jesus most offensive. I
will no longer watch your blog

Bill was offended.  He told me so.  And he’s taken action by never visiting Whaleoil again.

This is the appropriate action.

At the same time, I also had another response to posting Charlie Hebdo cartoons lampooning Islam.   It came in this form.



Here is the stark contrast for you.

Christians show their disappointment and turn their backs on you.   Muslims will threaten your life.

Here is the difference distilled down for anyone with eyes to see.


And it isn’t just Christianity versus Islam.   We’ve seen the same with right v left.  The right will debate and ultimately ignore you.  The left will try to silence you.


Debate v Silencing.

Freedom v Oppression.

Christianity v Islam.

Right v Left.


Former Whaleoil reader Bill Roberts has my respect and I wish him well.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.