In support of Charlie Hebdo I am doing more than holding up a pen, an action that requires no moral courage. No one, not even members of the lunatic religion of Islam, is going to come after you for holding up a pen at a vigil. No one is going to attack you for saying how horrible it is that the staff at Charlie Hebdo was murdered. They will, however, come after you for insulting their religion. Mormons (The Book of Mormon) or Christians (Piss Christ) might express their sorrow that you feel the need to attack the beliefs of others, they might express disgust at your inability to live in a polite society without feeling the need to mock others, but they won't behead you, they won't attack you with AK-47s, they won't blow you up with a bomb.
Muslim's however, believe in a religion which requires that all convert or die. The Dar al Islam, the House of Peace, will come when the last unbeliever is dead or has converted. Like it or not, this is written into the Koran. It is the cowardice of the western media that allows attacks like Charlie Hebdo to take place. If every media outlet had printed the Danish cartoons when the protests started, the protesters would not have had a focus for their outrage. If the major media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, NY Times, LA Times, etc would print just some of the Charlie Hebdo cartoons, the protesters would have nothing. Instead they get to murder twelve unarmed individuals who may be creating despicable cartoons, but who have a right to say or print whatever they want.
For the record, I find Charlie Hebdo's cartoons over the top. But as Evelyn Beatrice Hall so eloquently wrote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".
In that vein, in solidarity with the murdered staff of Charlie Hebdo, and in defense of free speech everywhere, here are a few of the Danish and Charlie Hebdo cartoons.
You don't have to look at these, by the way. The beauty of a free country is the freedom to walk away. I warn you now because if you look, and if you are offended, it is all on you.
You have been warned. (Oh, and maybe it is time to bring back Everybody Draw Mohammed Day)
Oh, and I backed up my blog, just in case. Just ask Professor Hale why.