Thursday, January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo's "I Am Charlie" cover

The PBS News Hour and other news agencies are refusing to reproduce this latest cover cartoon, depicting a crying Mohammed, from France's Charlie Hebdo.

If they won't do it, I will. 

By not broadcasting the image, PBS and others are bowing down to Terrorists. Period.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an attack on all political cartoonists, everywhere, and by an extension an attack on all artists and writers. 

You don't bow to that. You don't tacitly allow these bastards to accomplish their objectives by suppressing cartoons like this. 

This is part of what Freedom of Speech is all about. Any news organization that truly believes in Freedom of Speech should be printing this cartoon. 

I'm angry at the media for what amounts to encouraging terrorism; but I have to confess that I'm also angry at Muslims who are getting all outraged and all bent out of shape over this innocent, eloquent and poignant image -- an image that most of them have not even seen.

To them I say: get over it. These are the same people who profess not to condone these kinds of acts, who insist that terrorism is not encompassed in their values or religion, but who, and this needs emphasis,  don't do anything in their own back yards to put an end to it. 

The one may cost me some friends. So be it. Either you support terrorism or you don't. If you don't, the time has come to stop saying it and demonstrate it with your actions.

Jes suis Charlie.

-- Frede.

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