Je suis Charlie, I am Charlie.
It’s events like this one in Paris that so deeply anger me in a way that I can’t even begin to describe into words. I seriously have trouble understanding such an open act of violence on innocent people who were only doing their job–doing what they love–under their right to freedom of speech.
I don’t care for your argument about how offensive their art was to whatever religion or creed you are defending. I don’t care. Why I don’t care? Well it’s because their artwork was a piece of satire; it was a social and political comment on life as they see it. Artists, cartoonist, comedians, actors, writers, they all poke fun at life in all sorts of different ways all of the time. Charlie Hebdo was no different.
I can’t stand it when people try to dictate what others can or cannot do or say or wear. The perpetrators of this heinous act fail to understand that we as a people under a democracy have the freedom to do and say and wear whatever it is we like without persecution. We have a right to believe in and practice whatever religion we want. We aren’t tied to what one God decrees. We are not. Our nations have allowed for these freedoms and it’s no one’s right to take them away from us.
You can try and try to suppress our freedom of expression, but you will never be able to silence us.
For that matter, who cares that your God–your Prophet–was ridiculed by satirist? Who cares! I was raised by a very religious mother. She’s a Jehovah’s Witness and do you know how many times Witnesses are poked fun of by the media? There was always some TV show, movie or comedian that cracked some joke that may cause offense to someone like me or my mother. But who cares? It was a joke and there will always be jokes. You laugh along with them and that is that.
That is what good “godly” people do. They take all of it in stride.
What I seriously fail to understand is that if the perpetrators of this act are such holy people, why on earth would they ever commit an act so unholy in the name of their God? I don’t understand this. I don’t. Whatever God commends murder of innocent people is no God to me. That is not Islam and will never be Islam. And I think I’ve kept quite silent about this for a very long time–especially here on my blog, where I rarely like to bring politics into. But this….
As an artist myself, I just can’t stand for this. I can’t. I won’t.
And as all artists, as all people who value our freedom of expression, we all need to stand together against these senseless acts of violence. Stand with Paris, stand with Sydney. Stand with New York and London and wherever else that has had to deal with so-called “holy” people killing in the name of their God. Because we as free people have the right to live in a democracy, with all the freedoms to say what we want, to do what we want, to wear what we want, to learn and teach what and to whom we want no matter what gender we are. We have the freedom to love who we want and to practice what we want. And we have the right to accept or reject any ethics, morals or values that we don’t see fit for ourselves. We don’t need anyone to do it for us.
And we definitely don’t appreciate anyone trying to silence us.