I am all for freedom of speech, but I am no Charlie Hebdo! After the recent terrorist attacks in France, the French weekly magazine — Charlie Hebdo is becoming the symbol for the freedom of speech. People carrying signs “I am Charlie Hebdo” in support for the freedom of speech are actually encouraging this magazine’s distasteful exhibitions of a most sanctified personality in history, which is far from entertaining a free speech rite. I strongly commend Pope Francis to courageously illuminating both wrongs.
Obviously no one can deny the atrocity of these brutal attacks, but if we have any decency and honor left we are obligated to acknowledge the offensiveness of the disturbing caricatures of Islam and prophet Muhammad. Islam is the religion of peace, and does not support these so-called anti-blasphemy acts. People who claim to love Prophet Muhammad and slaughter their fellow human beings in the name of Islam are associating their own venomous agendas to Islam and Muhammad.
The important questions we need to realize are: What exactly is a freedom of speech? Is it a license to destroy anyone’s character? Is it a permit to make any kind of offensive remarks? Are we teaching our next generation that there are no moral codes when it comes to sharing one’s opinion? I think time has come that we, as an educated and cultured society, must start addressing these issues before the basic right of free speech cost us our social integrity and become a nuisance to the society.