A profound event has awakened a lethargic world. Millions of people have instantly materialized in city squares across Europe and in cities elsewhere around the globe in peaceful demonstrations of solidarity with those slain in the Muslim terrorist attacks on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. Most of the signs carried by the mourners held very simple and very telling words, “Je Suis Charlie.”
These powerful words translated as, “I Am Charlie,” tell all Muslim terrorists and other witnessing eyes around the world that they stand with liberty of expression. In so doing, they also demonstrate a stand against “political correctness.” They stand for freedom. They stand against keeping your mouth shut, much to the chagrin of Obama’s Administration and much against the stand of almost 100% of our media in North America. They stand against closing your eyes pretending Muslim terrorism and extremism doesn’t exist and shouldn’t be identified, or shouldn’t be talked about. They stand against being ordered not to write or draw anything that might be considered satirical, or anything other than reverentially adoring of Muhammed.
The contributors of the French satirical publication who were gunned down, including Stephane Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, Bernard Verlhac, Philippe Honore, and Bernard Maris, all knew the dangers presented by efforts to portray some of the too often unspoken elements in the underbelly of Muslim fundamentalism. The portrayals included cartoons, the existence of which required presence of security guards in Charlie Hebdo’s offices.
Our media, from the NYT, to CNN, to NBC, to LAT, hide behind pretence that any portrayals having anything to do with Islam are inappropriate, or not politically correct. Has it really taken the slaughter of 12 French citizens who courageously stood for Freedom, to awaken us to the reality that we have a gutless, ideologically entrenched, politically correct, and almost worthless media?
We stand in solidarity with those who knowingly took the risks, and with those who today recognize that courage.