Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie
In the wake of the slaughter of the 12 Secularist journalists in Paris, there has been a plethora of rather nauseous humbug about “freedom of expression”, and how it must be defended at all costs. No: this appalling atrocity is not about freedom of expression; it’s about the right of everyone, even the most hate-filled and bigoted, not to be murdered by Moslem fanatics or anyone else.
Charlie Hebdo is a contemptible and disgusting publication. One of its front covers showed an explicitly sodomistic cartoon ridiculing the Holy and Undivided Trinity. There is also a cartoon of Pope Benedict holding a mole inside his cassock and saying “This makes a change from choirboys”. Imagine what would happen if, for instance, the Brandsma Review or the Catholic Voice published a cartoon obscenely libelling, say, Senator David Norris. Do you think they would get away with it? Why, in some countries now it’s not even permissible to show pictures of aborted babies. Do our liberal journos protest about that? Freedom of expression how are ye?
Nevertheless, the murdered French journalists possessed one virtue: courage. They died because they were extremely brave men, prepared to put their own lives on the line for their perceived right to indulge in hate-filled defamation. One can at least admire them for that, in a strange way. May God be merciful to them.
In Ireland, there are plenty of communicators only too willing to blaspheme the Christian religion. They are fortunate that Christians don’t believe murder, or violence of any kind, is an appropriate response to blasphemy. Quite a few years ago Fintan O’Toole of the Irish Times wrote a piece mocking Catholic belief in the Real Presence. As I pointed out at the time, he wouldn’t have dreamed of taking on Islam. Bullies are always careful to choose soft targets and not to tangle with people they have reason to fear might hit back.
I see that Google is carrying a black ribbon on its site, with the slogan: “Remembering the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo.” Why have they chosen to mark this particular atrocity in such a way? Fr John Hunwicke, as you might expect, has some pertinent questions:
Has Google been waggling black ribbons around while thousands of Christians have been murdered in the Middle East and in Africa?
What is the going ‘Google tariff’, I wonder? Is one Secularist life equivalent, perhaps, to 10,000 Christian lives? Would that be near the mark? It would be nice to know. Just how cheap do they hold Christian blood (or, for that matter, Islamic blood) to be in relation to good, pure, Secularist blood?