An attack launched by religious extremist on the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday sparked two different opinions which has taken over social media with the trending Hastag: #IamCharlie or #JeSuisHumain. The American & Pakistani will be joint writing this piece to best address the take on all fronts:
Some Americans & Pakistani (Mainstream): The French are victims to terrorism. A group of cartoonists used their 1st amendment right to express their thoughts and feelings regarding a topic. A group of Islamic Militants stormed the building the took out many precious lives. They must be found, put on justice and be held accountable for their crimes. A few of us blame Islam for empowering these thugs to take their opinion into their own hands. We also blame how the French should strengthen its stand against Muslims as WHO KNOWS which moderate muslim may turn out radical.
But then these radical militants and the general Muslim population tend to always take offence to anyone who criticizes their religion and key figures in their faith. Why can’t they be “cool” and “chill” like the Christians, Hindu, Sikhs, etc…who take such “jokes” or criticism and be cool with it.
The staff of the Charlie Hebdo who died today because they are martyrs of the 1st amendment. They became victims for their beliefs. Locations will assemble and will be hosting vigils for victims of the #CharlieHebdo attack. Crowds will then gather and show their support of free speech and expression, chanting #JeSuisCharlie.
The other Pakistani’s and Americans Take: These attacks are horrific. No religion or faith ever justifies going into a rampage and killing innocents. But yet the mainstream public seems to ignore certain facts of the attacks.
– 1st amendment arguments for Charlie Hebdo does not apply in American nor French Law. According to The Law on the Freedom of the Press of 29 July 1881 (French law)- Grants freedom to the press to publish what they seem fit. But the laws of “Free Speech” are limited to when speech turns from “Free” to “Hate”. According to Article 24 of the law which clearly prohibits anyone from publicly “inciting another to discriminate against, or to hate or to harm, a person or a group for belonging or not belonging, in fact or in fancy, to an ethnicity, a nation, a race, a religion, a sex, or a sexual orientation, or for having a handicap.” What Charlie Hebdo has been posting is clear signs of hate. They take not just a beautiful religion but also the Main key figure which the great majority of the faith is taken example from and made a mockery of it.
– Charlie Hebdo failed its staff of providing protection to them. This is not the 1st time they were attacked. Having a history of multiple attacks on the paper should only press them to hire more security. Even people who are prominent in the new Million Dollar Islamophobia industry tend to carry extra security. As in who knows who you may have offended to someone belonging in a group of 1.7 Billion Strong.
But if we are going to stick with the “We are Human” trending topic. Then we should expand out to other areas of the world as well. Why are we fixed about a group of people who called this upon them and are seeking negative attention. If you are going to insult something. Do it with dignity and quality. Try to make good points. Don’t hide behind society’s burka thats consists of nothing but sexual innuendoes. Lets talk about human right violations regarding #Israel upon Palestine. Did we forget about the militarized police in #Ferguson? We blame a religion that apparently preaches hate. What about the white supremacist terrorist who bombed the NAACP office? Were they Muslim too?
Post attacks in Summary: The attitude that Muslims need to be ‘punished’ is xenophobic and distressing. The statement alone, “JE SUIS CHARLIE” works to erase and ignore the magazine’s history of xenophobia, racism, and homophobia. For us to truly honor the victims of a terrorist attack on free speech, we must not spread hateful racism blithely, and we should not take pride in extreme attacks on oppressed and marginalized peoples. A dangerous line is to simplify the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices as “Good, Valiant Westerners, creative writers vs. Evil, Savage Muslims” is not only racist, it’s overstated to the point where even the most moderate Muslim is offended.
You may think of us as radicals or apologetic. In reality we are also human and believe killing is outlawed in our faith (Muslims/Pakistani take) or humanity (Non-Muslim Take). We don’t hold that right to take away anyones life. If anyone is offended. Then governments should take an active role to defend the ones who are affected except if you are the French government. Then why would you? One of the few governments that has actively been passing legislations that are meant to target Muslims. The reasons why islamophobia is on a increase in France. After these attacks, it will only grow.
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