How can anyone ever say that Charlie Hebdo “pushed the limits and suffered the consequences”? I have heard this over the past year from people who one thought of either lived their lives in a free speech democracy or looked up to it. When should freedom of speech ever have the consequence of what happened in Paris one year ago? I guess people who say that mean the attachment and sensitivity some groups of muslims have for that prophet – yet every prophet, preacher, politician, pop star etc have been ridiculed. Welcome to the west!
Of course we should not insult each other – but there’s an arena for every opinion to play around!
It is also embarrassing when academics utter acceptance on limiting the freedom of speech in regards to muslims and their prophet. Like we ought to be free to portray anything and criticize or discuss anything except that freaky fantasy figure? I think those academics further avoid any discussion by always refereeing to how we must behave properly, always generalizing the freedom of speech issue to an extent that no sane person can disagree with. Those academics mask this in big words that basically say “be nice to one another”. Of course we should not insult each other – but there’s an arena for every opinion to play around! I never understood how people in their right mind can talk down freedom of speech because of what happened to Charlie Hebdo – that really brought out the people who really mean freedom and freedom of speech and the fakes who just pretended all along. Shame on them.