Je Suis Charlie

January 7, 2015


“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”  –Salman Rushdie


We may not all choose to produce the same sorts of artwork with the same messages as the Charlie Hebdo journalists, but they pushed the boundaries in a way that helped the rest of us enjoy the freedoms we take for granted. When we start turning our backs on those who operate at the boundaries, we are turning our own backs on our own freedom to be, to say or to draw. –Isabel Hardman





4 Responses to “Je Suis Charlie”

  1. dandahan4 Says:

    And Air Power is “Modern Weaponry”and Call a Drone a Drone:

    “When combine with modern weaponry…” indeed…

    Whose modern weaponry would that be then?

    Hardly transported by camel ?

    The US cannot understand … “why are we hated so much”.
    Robert Fisk has written that we must expect retaliation.

  2. dandahan4 Says:

    Reblogged this on dandahan and commented:
    Robert Fisk has written that we in the West must expect retaliation.

  3. happeningpoetry Says:

    Whatever your view on US foreign policy, such attacks on satire are attacks on freedom of speech, and cannot be tolerated. We do not have to respect religions, all we have to do is tolerate them, as those who are religious must tolerate criticism and disbelief.

    Without criticism of religion there would have been no reformation in Europe. What the reformation allowed was for individuals to read the scriptures in their own language and have their own interpretation of them. In my view, this was part of the origin of individual critical consciousness in Europe. A loosening of institutionalised religions’ noose.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    And this is from an anonymoys administrator at Word Press arguing the deceptive or naive media herd spin and corporatist Politically Correct concept of small minded version of freedom of speech.
    by referring to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent Arabs and Muslims as a dismissive “whatever your opinion on US foreign policy” ….
    Yes WP weighs in on the coat tails of hollow populist social media.
    Deaths of Arabs and Muslims at the hands of Western invaders do not stir Western minds or protests.

    no word of revenge or why Muslims make revenge attacks is permitted on Western media.

    so much for balance or some objectivity and freedom of expression.

    The herd instinct is endemic in all media.

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