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January 10, 2015

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?

Why not?

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?















One comment

  1. What Nick writes is spot on. The journalists of Charlie Hebdo, without doubt, both the dead and the survivors, were seriously anti-Christian, and followed a long history of such satire, going back to Voltaire and the Encyclopedists. But, Nick doesn’t raise the issue of how a modern society should balance respect for authority, civil and church, with allowing a free press, part of which is satire and often rude and very offensive cartoons. Exposing the foibles of celebrities, especially those in authority, is a useful, sometimes necessary, activity in a healthy society. In a fallen world, censorship is a poor defender of truth, and in the longer run ineffective. Does this lead to questions about religious liberty? Oops!

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