Je suis Charlie?
No, I am an individual who wishes to remain so, rather than joining a group of people who think that mere protest and a show of outrage will quash the enthusiasm of the terrorists they are standing against. It is nothing more than a symbolic show of solidarity. It is an acknowledgement that the terrorists’ work is done. Mission accomplished!
If only it could be genuine solidarity. If only those millions of people could print off some Charlie Hebdo cartoons and hold them high in the air for everyone to see!
But that could sour the occasion. It could offend some Muslims. Even some of those Muslims who were present at the huge demonstration in Republique Square, Paris.
Against the backdrop of masses of people walking slowly and peacefully through the streets of Paris, some with “Je Suis Charlie ” placards, and some no doubt lighting candles, there is the frightening truth that, in this case, the terrorists have won.
The world’s media were reporting, but not fighting back. Clearly a shocking event that would have been a bit too close to home for comfort, as journalists report on the massacre of satirical cartoonists for a weekly publication, Charlie Hebdo, that is associated with the principle of free speech. But where were the visual references to the images that were supposedly so insulting?
The world’s media might not have been broadcasting them, but we were all looking them up on the internet. And there they are! Thank you Google. Basically, an own goal for the terrorists. Let’s buy all the back copies of Charlie Hebdo and let’s all subscribe.
Mind you, no amount of Charlie Hebdo subscriptions will alter the jihadist frame of mind. High profile is good! Especially if they die doing it, like the complete lemmings they are!
No. We have to turn the spotlight on ‘religious privilege’.
It was only a few years ago that the UK finally scrapped its blasphemy law. Let’s not beat about the bush here – that was a law against insulting Christianity. And some people want it to be brought back! Mind you, they are Muslims.
I wouldn’t be surprised if some Christians and Jews would agree that a blasphemy law should be reinstated.
We seem to be stuck in a tug-o-war between tolerance and religious privilege. But it is much more complicated than that.
We have ‘political correctness’, ‘multiculturalism’, ‘social inclusion’, ‘freedom of speech’, and ‘democracy’, yet all of these things are acting against us when it comes to those who are intolerant of all the above! They use those ‘weaknesses’ in our social systems to attack us!
That isn’t to say that we should abandon our values.
Freedom of speech and democracy are good. Political correctness is bad (it is to blame for the Charlie Hebdo massacre). Multiculturalism and social inclusion have their place, but should not be used as trump cards to diminish a sensible approach to a social conundrum.
So, I am an individual. I do not belong to any organised religion. I do not have any designs on how other people should live their lives. As long as you are happy and I am happy – that’s enough. But for certain religious people, that is unsatisfactory. They cannot abide with the thought that their peaceful neighbours might not be living their lives according to an ancient religious ideology, even if it has NO impact on their own lives.
This isn’t about religious insults. This is about lack of control. This is about insecurity. This is about rebellion. This is about stupidity.
But then, we’re not allowed to call the religious “stupid”.
I am an individual – I am different to you.