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French Graffiti Artist Beaten By #NotAllMuslims For ‘Coexist’ Tag

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I don’t like graffiti artists, because I’m an ol’ fuddy-duddy and I think if you’re going to make a mess, you should do it on your own property. But that’s no excuse for attacking somebody. Especially when he’s advocating peace.

Coline Milliard, Artnet News:

It seems like something one would be hard pressed to disagree with: the word “coexist,” written on a wall using a Muslim crescent as the letter “C,” a Star of David as the letter “X,” and a Christian cross as a “T.”

But in Paris, this particular iteration of the popular inscription — here, created by the street artist Combo, who also pasted a life-size photo of himself next to it — didn’t go down well with everybody. Le Monde reports that four young people asked the artist to remove it last weekend, and beat him up severely when he refused to do so.

Combo ended up with a dislocated shoulder and many bruises.

I guess I shouldn’t assume they were Muslim. Could be one of those Jewish or Christian street gangs in Paris that you always hear about. When they see somebody mocking their beliefs, they just go on a rampage.

Plus, remember the Crusades? And… and… oh! And the Inquisition? Remember that? Who are you to talk, America? Get down off that high horse, shut your fat mouths, and just accept that you’re no better than these poor victims of Western civilization.

As-salamu alaykum.

(Hat tip: Thomas Lifson)