The offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo have been attacked by Islamist gunmen. 12 people are currently confirmed dead including the editor. This was supposedly done in response to the magazine’s publication of cartoons offensive to Islam.
This is a tragedy. But we cannot lose our rationality and we cannot shy away from the truth. Let’s be clear about this:
- These gunmen no more represent the majority of Muslims than The Westboro Baptist Church represent the majority of Christians. We MUST NOT allow ourselves to start viewing Muslims as outsiders or terrorists. Yes, there is a serious issue concerning how religion motivates (destructive) behaviour and deeds. I myself am an outspoken secularist and atheist and have been speaking out for years about the dangers of religion (see my YouTube channel for various such videos). But we cannot as a society become divided by the actions of these terrorist scum.
- Even if Charlie Hebdo‘s publications were in violation of good taste or incitement to hatred laws, then the law and discussion would resolve the situation — NOT KILLING PEOPLE.
- We CANNOT and we WILL NOT allow our free society, a society which has literally taken all of human history to build and which is unrivalled in prosperity and freedom for all, to be diminished, damaged, and ultimately destroyed by the acts of scumbags, people who are enemies of mankind. Satire and comedy are weapons of freedom and free use of them must be defended. Therefore, in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo and the family, friends, and colleagues of those who have been killed, I republish the following images from the magazine. I call on everyone to do likewise, just as we did after the Jyllands-Posten “Danish Cartoons” attacks.
© 2015 Bryan A. J. Parry
featured image from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/11330196/Paris-shooting-Gunmen-storm-Charlie-Hebdo-magazine-office-in-pictures.html
images from Charlie Hebdo taken from http://www.publiusforum.com/images/charliehebdomuhammedcartoonssept_large.jpg, http://www.theglobaldispatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Charlie-Hebdo-Muhammad-insult.jpg, http://wp.patheos.com.s3.amazonaws.com/blogs/getreligion/files/2012/09/Charlie-Hedbo-18-Sept-2012.jpeg, http://vladtepesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/charlie-hebdo-toon-1.jpg, http://eyedrd.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Charlie-Hebdo.jpg, https://twitter.com/LesNews/status/552816012396331008/photo/1