January 22, 2015 5:33 AM EST

Fallout from the Paris attacks “No one condones the shocking violence inflicted on the Paris cartoonists,” wrote Doreen Langmead of Victoria, B.C., in response to David Von Drehle’s cover story about Europe in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings. “But gratuitous ridicule of what someone else holds sacred is pointless and very, very childish … whether or not we regard them as sensible or idiotic.” Victor Tupitza from Burke, Va., weighed in too, calling some of Von Drehle’s logic “faulty”–in particular his statement that by attacking a satirical magazine, terrorists forced the West to make a damning choice between freedom of expression and offending Muslims. (“Cower or offend: either way the murderers win.”) “There is no compulsion to offend–thus no need to cower,” Tupitza wrote.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s essay denouncing the Paris terrorists as barbaric thugs–and suggesting they bear no relation to Islam– “should be required reading,” wrote Sister Ann Leonardo of St. Catharine, Ky. “Now if only the media would start using the word terrorist without qualifying them as Islamic,” added Madhukar Vable of Houghton, Mich. But the Rev. Bill Livingston of Brevard, N.C., was one of many to call for more organized condemnation from prominent Muslims. “Unfortunately, we live in a society that thrives off of sensationalism,” he wrote. “If Islamic leaders do not continually present an alternative face of Islam than that presented in the media, there will always need to be someone to say these acts are in no way related to Islam.”

Elizabeth Warren Rana Foroohar’s column suggesting that even if she does not run for President, Warren could “yank [Hillary Clinton] to the left” prompted Paula Jardin of Acushnet, Mass., to lament the loss of the “modest American dream”: “I don’t understand why being concerned with the status of the middle class makes you leftist, liberal, socialist, etc., when clearly you are front and center. I hope Warren yanks, pulls, tugs everyone to the middle!”


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