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Je ne suis pas Charlie.

Je suis Charlie, I am Charlie in French, three words that have been repited all over the world for the past week and a slogan endorsementing freedom of speech and press. After the terrorist attack in the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, the whole world, incluiding presidents from different countries, have been supporting the magazine and its editors defending that the magazine is the definition of freedom of speech. The question is, is it really?

One of the most important values that we are taugth when we are young is that respect should be a number 1 thing in our lives. Respecting a religion, a point of view, a culture, a person as a whole, should be something. What is the most surprising is how most people, by supporting the magazine, also support Charlie Hebdo’s offensive cartoons, of in this case, Muhammad, an Islamic prophet who to muslims, is supposed to be the last prophet sent by God to the world. Shouldn’t religion be respected?

I am by no means defending any terrorist organization. Defending your beliefs should never bring you to kill anybody. But being a religion such an important topic, being something millions of people grab a hold of just to keep living, shouldn’t be something to ridiculize.

Islam has many dos and don’ts and one of said dont’s is to never draw Muhammad. It is truly disrespectful for them, and satirical magazines like Charlie Hebso itself don’t seem to understand.

Freedom speech is the right to communicate your opinions to other people. Giving your opinion should never offend a person as hard as offending their religion beliefs. That is the reason why I am not Charlie Hebdo.

Say no to terrorism attacks, but also say no to disrespect.



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