Charlie Hebdo murders and the Muslim Connection
The anguish and the frustration over the murders at Charlie Hebdo, were felt by almost every Muslim who heard of the tragedy. We all feel the injury whenever some Muslim fanatic takes matters into his own intolerant hands and kills people for saying something disagreeable (to him) about Islam or the prophet Mohammed.
Our pain is compounded by the many folks who take the “Muslim Connection” and extrapolate it into a problem with Islam and Muslims in general…after the de rigueur disclaimers that “not all Muslims are terrorists”! The acts of the fanatics are laid at the feet of Islam and Muslims, while the acts of the victims are defended as exercises of the much-touted “Freedom of Speech”. The sad fact is that bigotry is only protected by “Freedom of Speech” when Muslims and Islam are being bashed. In 34 European countries, any doubts about the reality or magnitude of the Holocaust is punishable by up to two years in prison and in many of these same countries, insults to people’s religion that causes them pain, is also punishable by up to six months in prison. Nevertheless, any insults to Islam or its prophet, are encouraged and lauded as “Freedom of Speech”.
Even in the United States, “Freedom of Speech” is a fluid concept that is weighted against Muslims.
Muslims have been imprisoned for playing Paintball because they were accused of practicing in order to fight in Kashmir, while others, such as the Hutaree, who were planning to kill Police officers and then kill the ones who would come to the aid of the officers, were exonerated because they were said to be simply exercising their right to free speech. A young Muslim was sentenced to 17 years in jail for translating some passages of some Jihadi group, a translation he thought, would help Americans understand what the group was all about. On the other hand, a Christian who translated the entire Al-Qaeda Manifesto, is lauded as a hero. We cannot ignore the fact that when Major Hassan went on his killing spree at Fort Hood, all of Islam and all Muslims were put on trial, while Aaron Alexis’ killing spree in Washington DC Navy Yard was attributed to “a lone gunman” possibly, a disaffected one. The terms “Terror” and “Terrorism” too, seem to be used quite liberally, against Muslims and quite frugally, when the perpetrators are not Muslim.
The world would be a happier place and everyone would be less paranoid, if we only noted the crimes committed by people, instead of taking greater note of the perpetrators’ race or religion.
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