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I Support Charlie Hebdo

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Following the news articles surrounding the destruction of Charlie Hebdo’s offices in reaction to some offensive jokes has been fascinating. The reluctance of so many media outlets to completely condemn this behaviour and vilify the perpetrators outright has been astonishing.

For any press outlet in a free country to dare to take the line that the bombing of these offices was a bit harsh but hey they had it coming is utterly ridiculous.

“I’m not asking for the right to slaughter a pig in a Mosque or to defecate on a Quran or anything of this kind. I am saying though that religion makes very large claims for itself. Islam claims that it is the total solution to all human problems and that the sooner it is imposed on everyone the better. Well, that’s a point of view. If it’s going to make such claims it has to drop the demand that it be immune from criticism and especially from satire.”
– Christopher Hitchens

This attack on free speech and democracy must be condemned in full and not an inch can be given. I fully understand people have the right to be upset and offended, but this whining tantrum has turned very sinister and dangerous. Offense and respect should not be legal matters and anyone that attempts to impose law by way of petrol bombs, especially if this implies the silencing of a free press, has the children of the enlightenment and the advocates of free speech to face in a fierce and charged debate. I’ll write plenty more on the subject in coming months and years, for now though I will leave the formal discussion on this matter to writers far more eloquent than myself. Like this superb article in Forbes.

While other much more accomplished authors have the time, experience and resources to debate the details I merely offer a deeply passionate emotional response to this incredibly childish and barbarian behaviour.

To the people that destroyed the Charlie Hebdo offices – Fuck You.

To everyone that supports this behaviour – Fuck You.

And most importantly, to those media outlets making snivelling apologies, blaming Charlie Hebdo for bringing it on themselves and to those slowly giving up their rights to criticise and humour others – a very special and overly sized Fuck You Too.

I will not give any space to those that want to impose on my freedom of expression, this is non-negotiable. I support Charlie Hebdo and if you guys want to set up a fund to help rebuild your offices please, please let me know. I will donate.


Written by matthaughton

November 16, 2011 at 12:20 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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