Google
 
Web rhymeswithright.mu.nu

January 13, 2015

Proudly Identifying With Charlie Hebdo

As most of you know, within a few minutes of learning of the Charlie Hebdo massacre I had cobbled together an “I am Charlie Hebdo” graphic for my website and had made it my picture on both Facebook and Twitter. It was, I believe, the right thing to do. In the days since, I have steadfastly defended the magazine and the individual victims of the massacre. I have called them martyrs for the liberties that under-gird Western Civilization, and I believe that with my whole heart.

And yet this stand has not set well with everyone. For instance, last night I received a message from a friend – a former elected official in my area whose conservative credentials and support for liberty are beyond question. She began with a condemnation of the terrorist attack in Paris, but raised the question of how much it was appropriate for a Christian to identify with Charlie Hebdo given some of the other images that the magazine had published – images that most Christians would recognize to be sacrilegious, if not blasphemous, by the standards of our faith.

I think my response surprised her. I told her I was proud to identify with Charlie Hebdo despite being well aware of the magazine’s content which offends my faith and that of my Jewish brothers and sisters. I then went on to note that I don’t agree with the content of those drawings, but I agree with knuckling under to the perpetually offended even less. I’m therefore willing to suffer my faith and those things I hold sacred being skewered from time to time in order to defend the freedom to speak and publish freely. I closed by observing that my God is big enough and tough enough to take the mockery – something that clearly cannot be said about the weak and puny deity followed by the murderous swine in Paris.

But my friend had a point. Do statements that some find blasphemous, exposing to ridicule the faith and sacred things of others, merit defense? Do those who speak or publish that which others deem sacrilegious merit a defense or deserve to be held up as heroes? After all, such things are certainly uncivil, and often lack much in the way of value in the eyes of those who are offended. Why not ban such words and images? Why not punish those who utter or publish them? And rather than lionize those who engage in them, why not condemn them?

The Paris murders answer those questions with exclamation points that resonate as sharply as the gunshots that ended the lives of who died at the offices of Charlie Hebdo. They merit defense because we cannot allow the most thin-skinned and violent to define the limits of our liberties. Civility, while a virtue of sorts, is oft overrated and used as an excuse to suppress the even more important virtues of honesty and forthrightness in the face of that which is false and evil. And while the penalties of social ostracism and public derision might be appropriate for incivility, neither incarceration nor death are merited for the “crime” of trampling on the religious feelings of others.

Indeed, the pluralistic nature of our modern society is such that the state is woefully unsuited to inflicting such punishments – after all, to the ears of a Jew, the Christian claim that Christ is the Messiah foretold in the Hebrew Scriptures is an offense. To the faithful Catholic, the Protestant rejection of the doctrine of transubstantiation amounts to blasphemy against the body and blood of Christ. Muslims find the Christian doctrine of the Trinity to be blasphemy, while Muslim rejections of Jesus’s divinity is blasphemy in the eyes of a Christian believer. Whose speech should be suppressed? Whose proclamation of faith should be deemed a criminal offense because it trespasses against the religious tenets of others? And more to the point, should the willingness of members of one faith to engage in a relentless campaign of violence and murder in response to religiously offensive speech be rewarded with state enforcement of their censorship demands?

Those who argue that mockery of others’ faith should be rejected as beyond the pale are notoriously inconsistent with their application of that standard. For example, we in Houston are just a week away from opening night of the award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon”, which mocks and belittles the faith of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Madonna is currently on tour, making big dollars for her performances despite a long history of making use of the religious symbols of various faiths in ways which some members of those faiths find sacrilegious. Bill Maher’s shtick revolves around attacks on religion and religious believers. Nobody is suggesting that any of these performances or performers be banned – nor is there any suggestion that they should be banned lest outraged believers engage in acts of violence in response.

Which brings us to this observation by Ross Douhat.

Must all deliberate offense-giving, in any context, be celebrated, honored, praised? I think not. But in the presence of the gun — or, as in the darker chapters of my own faith’s history, the rack or the stake — both liberalism and liberty require that it be welcomed and defended.

I’ll agree with Douhat that deliberately giving offense might, in some situations, be a negative thing. But at other times it is obligatory – and the current situation in which billions of non-Muslims are being told by a subset of Muslims that any depiction of Muhammad will carry with it the penalty of death because such depictions violate the some real or imagined prohibition required by the Islamic faith is one of those times. That’s why I’ve long identified with Charlie Hebdo and republished some of their controversial illustrations – and even created a few of my own. I will continue to do so because it is my right (and the right of every human being) to do so. And if any Muslim believes that their false god and their putative prophet are not able to withstand such an indignity, I’d like to offer them the chance to sit down and talk about a God who is impervious to that sort of assault and does not require the murder of others in response.

And so let me reiterate.

IAmCharlieHebdo.jpg





|| Greg, 04:21 PM || Permalink || Comments (1) || Comments || TrackBacks (0) ||

Trackback Information for Proudly Identifying With Charlie Hebdo

TrackBack URL for this entry: http://blog2.mu.nu/cgi/trackback.cgi/285917
Listed below are links to weblogs that reference 'Proudly Identifying With Charlie Hebdo'.

Comments on Proudly Identifying With Charlie Hebdo

Rhymes With Right - Proudly Identifying With Charlie Hebdo
kgscogsrrp http://www.gr53h7672o4lhl32ba26ny50bu7fp05vs.org/
akgscogsrrp
[url=http://www.gr53h7672o4lhl32ba26ny50bu7fp05vs.org/]ukgscogsrrp[/url]

|| Posted by kgscogsrrp, March 11, 2018 04:07 PM ||
Post a comment

Remember personal info?


 

 





AnotherMunublogSmall.jpg





Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards
Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2013 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2012 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2011 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2010 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Winner - 2009 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Posts by Category

Abortion (posts: 2)
Announcements (posts: 14)
Blogging (posts: 188)
Border Issues & Immigration (posts: 422)
deferred (posts: 4)
Education (posts: 686)
Entertainment & Sports (posts: 483)
Guns & Gun Control (posts: 65)
History (posts: 329)
Humor (posts: 88)
Israel/Middle East (posts: 44)
Medical News (posts: 54)
Military (posts: 273)
News (posts: 1571)
Paid Advertising (posts: 234)
Personal (posts: 110)
Politics (posts: 5273)
Race & Racism (posts: 283)
Religion (posts: 820)
Terrorism (posts: 885)
Texas GOP Platform Reform Project (posts: 4)
The Courts (posts: 310)
Watcher's Council (posts: 482)
World Affairs (posts: 345)

Archives

December 2017
August 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
December 0000



MuNuviana



Licensing

Creative Commons License
This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

Powered By

Powered by
Movable Type 2.64
AnotherMunublogSmall.jpg

Administrative Stuff

Email Me
Syndicate this site (XML)

Advertising Disclosure

adpolicy.gif

About Me

NAME: Greg
AGE: 50-ish
SEX: Male
MARITAL STATUS: Married
OCCUPATION: Social Studies Teacher
LOCATION: Seabrook, TX
DISCLAIMER: All posts reflect my views alone, and not the view of my wife, my dogs, my employer, or anyone else. All comments reflect the view of the commenter, and permitting a comment to remain on this site in no way indicates my support for the ideas expressed in the comment.

Search This Site


Support This Site



Recent Entries

A Word Of Repentance
To Conservatives And Republicans Of Conscience
Reflecting On Charlottesville
On Fake News
Who Cares About The Emoluments Clause?
If It Doesn't Bother You, It Should
Bromance Turns America Into Russian Satellite State
Because Many Americans Would Findf The Biblical Plagues To Be Preferable
Because When A Minority Wins An Election, The Majority Must Shut Up
Hope For The Future

Blogroll


Watchers Council
  • Ask Marion
  • Bookworm Room
  • The Colossus of Rhodey
  • The Glittering Eye
  • GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD
  • The Independent Sentinel
  • JoshuaPundit
  • Liberty's Spirit
  • New Zeal
  • Nice Deb
  • The Noisy Room
  • The Razor
  • Rhymes With Right
  • The Right Planet
  • Simply Jews
  • Virginia Right!
  • Watcher Of Weasels

  • Political & Religious Blogs