I just caught up on the (currently) 178 comments in my Muhammad post about the Charlie Hebdo shooting in France. I also didn’t write an answer when other cool guys wrote just what I was thinking.
While I want to thank (so much !) everyone, and send bear-like hugs to a great number of people, I thought I ought to write those follow-up thoughts.
– We CAN’T censor ourselves because we’re saying/writing/drawing something the muslims find highly offensive.
Look, if we censor stuff because we’re offending the muslims, we must also censor ourselves when we offend other people.
We’ll stop laughing at this. At that. Oh, wait, those other guys are finding it offensive. Am I dreaming, or do those other guys even find this other stuff offensive ?
In the end, WE WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO DISCUSS ABOUT ANYTHING AT ALL. NOTHING WOULD BE LEFT.
And then we’d lose choice over what to eat.
What to wear.
What to watch.
It’s sometimes terrifying to joke while knowing criminals can’t take that joke, but this is a necessary form of courage, it’s also a defense of the core values behind free speech. The people who died were not only victims, they were also martyrs.
So, I’m sorry, to the muslims out there, but you don’t have rights superior to the rights of other people.
And since we don’t want to censor everything, we won’t censor ourselves about what annoys you precisely, we must be allowed to talk even if it hurts you.
That’s free speech, it’s all-or-nothing-within-the-bounds-of-law, so as long as we’re within the bounds of law, this is : all.
And, come on, you don’t need to listen to all retards on Earth, just ignore them. That leads me to…
– Second point, now. What then, of those offending Muhammad parodies ? Hey, it’s easy, just look away.
Just. Look. Away.
That would have been different a century ago, but now, there has been globalization, and internet to double the effect : cultures are now in perpetual contact with each other. There are frictions. Frictions, everywhere.
All those demands that I take off that Muhammad picture only mean you would hope our zones of contact stop existing on a particular topic while remaining on other topics : this is not possible, not because I don’t want, but because it is impossible. So, you need to accept that materials incompatible with your tastes exist, and if you didn’t manage to avoid being exposed to them, once again : look away, move on, that’s the only possible choice of action.
I wouldn’t visit a charia-ruled country and start shouting silly shit like “MUHAMMAD LEL FAG” or draw these cartoons on the walls of a mosque : in a muslim country I would respect the muslim laws. I would abide by your rules, because I would respect you on your ground. But equal respect of my ground is expected.
And in borderless friction zones where both groups coexist and where all opinions are voiced at some place or some other, like the internet, then, back to what I began with, no choice : look away, move on, when you find a page offending you.
– Third point, the limits of free speech. It’s true, there are limits. The law defines them. So, you, the muslims, if you don’t like that my country allows those parodies, you are entirely free to try to talk to all politicians about it, and only vote (if you’re French) for politicians supporting stronger censorship.
Until then, if we the French make cartoons ridiculing the jews, the catholics, Muhammad and the muslims, it is normal that we can do so (once again : we won’t be talking about anything anymore if we accept a group has the right to silence us on a topic offending them, because after this we’d have to accept requests to shut up from everyone else too).
– Fourth point : would anybody deserve to be killed because he/she expressed an opinion ?
If you think the answer is “yes“, all islamic authorities call you “shaitan”, I believe. As I understood it : scumb bound to burn in hell.
If you think the answer is “no, no, but they certainly had it coming and kinda deserved it“, then you are a coward and you don’t have the courage to openly confess you were thinking “yes“. Yes, I’m insulting a good number of “you” with that last line, but : think about it. Be courageous enough to think.
Once again : be courageous, think for yourself, not as religion requires.
And, lastly, let’s avoid competition about pain, no killing is legitimate, NONE. Look, in a few days, the Boko Haram islamic fanatics razed over 16 villages and killed over 2000 persons. I hope the afterlife exists just so these monsters burn in hell and experience endless excruciating pain ! Sorry for all their victims
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