The reaction that Islamic extremities had given to Charlie Hebdo magazine is iniquitous and reprehensive. This will aggravate the situation and deepen the gulf between Islam and rest of the world. Apparently, the world is slowly moving toward a nasty situation of hostilities between religions.
This incident is the strife between Western sanctimoniousness and Islamic zealotry. Freedom of speech is latitude but not the license to something unacceptable by the society in a whole. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, adopted during the French Revolution in 1789, specifically affirmed freedom of speech as an inalienable right. The Declaration provides for freedom of expression in Article 11, states that: “The free communication of ideas and opinions is one of the most precious of the rights of man. Every citizen may, accordingly, speak, write, and print with freedom, but shall be responsible for such abuses of this freedom as shall be defined by law.”
What cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo magazine were doing is absurd, stupid and poignant. Lampooning the believe-system of a particular religion on the name of ‘freedom’ is disgraceful. You simply cannot mock a religion or anything, which prohibits doing so—it is immoral and terrible for peace.
But the way that three persons had chosen to avenge the blasphemy committed against Prophet (SAW) is deplorable. Mohammad ElBaradei former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and ex vice president of Egypt, famously said, “There is no religion that was found on intolerance—and no religion that does not value the sanctity of human life.” Killing someone is not justified and it never would be. Such acts will not make Prophet (SAW) happy, nor it is going to do anything good for Islam. Time to sought-out things in a peaceful manner- an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.
Sourav Raina, jammu