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Old 01-08-2015, 12:46 PM   #61
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i guess that is the problem - people with no historical, cultural or emotional connection to the magazine are just discovering it now and making judgements via the internet... i find it insulting that people would think that France would hold a "reactionary far right rag" so dear, and miss the point completely, sorry

but yeah, i understand vlad is normally pretty on the ball with stuff, but i guess this is very "French" and i understand that i would have no clue about publications in many other countries, so i get that he was just inquisitive and maybe wasn't aware of the context of the cartoons he posted...
It's hard to have a decent conversation when your first reaction is to lash out, just in case, though. Vlad really only seemed to be asking for clarification. How are we supposed to have a cultural connection to something we're not culturally connected to? Vlad asked for clarification, you jumped down his throat, it's pretty simple.

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I didn't recognize the name at first but once I was reminded that they were the ones who received threats a few years ago, yes. I'm far from a study on them but my understanding of them is apparently far different from Mama Cass's, as everything I've heard about them before this and now after this tragedy has made me think they're racist and xenophobic.

The best description I saw of Charlie Hebdo was "a bunch of white guys punching down."
I didn't recognize the name, but I knew it had to be the same publication, almost immediately. At the time of the original threats, I remember they were being referred to the same as you're describing now. The only thing was, and still is, that I have no idea who to believe on that particular thought-process because I'm not from France and I'm not familiar, so I'm still just sitting over here really upset that someone would do such a thing in the first place.

And I totally understand that you're trying to bring some light to some topics of this conversation, and I appreciate that.
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Agree completely with PhilsFan. Anybody who does NOT condemn this barbaric act should be judged as a disgusting human being. But for fuck's sake not championing the guy and his publication does not equal not condemning this attack.

Imagine a racist piece attacking blacks. Or an antisemitic article. What if it incited a similar violent response? Would you condemn that? Of fucking course you would and you should. But would you champion the racists for spewing hatred by exercising their freedom of speech?

Muhammad is the pinnacle of reverence for Muslims. There is nothing more insulting than disrespecting their prophet. So please, condemn this barbaric attack as you rightly should. But when you champion the racists and xenophobes for spewing hateful bile in the name of freedom of expression, you come off as a moron at best, and a racist Muslim-hater at worst.
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:09 PM   #63
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The best description I saw of Charlie Hebdo was "a bunch of white guys punching down."
wow... dude, you should really do your homework
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Agree completely with PhilsFan. Anybody who does NOT condemn this barbaric act should be judged as a disgusting human being. But for fuck's sake not championing the guy and his publication does not equal not condemning this attack.

Imagine a racist piece attacking blacks. Or an antisemitic article. What if it incited a similar violent response? Would you condemn that? Of fucking course you would and you should. But would you champion the racists for spewing hatred by exercising their freedom of speech?

Muhammad is the pinnacle of reverence for Muslims. There is nothing more insulting than disrespecting their prophet. So please, condemn this barbaric attack as you rightly should. But when you champion the racists and xenophobes for spewing hateful bile in the name of freedom of expression, you come off as a moron at best, and a racist Muslim-hater at worst.
and so should you
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Old 01-08-2015, 01:25 PM   #65
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Is Muslim a race? I'm white, I could convert to Islam and be a muslim. I can't convert to black, or Asian.

Satire is satire. Can it be offensive? Sure, but it's subjective. If you find something in poor taste, you're right. If you don't find it in poor taste, you're right.

If enough people find something terribly offensive, there should be NON VIOLENT means to resolve the issue.

I don't care how insulting it is to draw the prophet Muhammad. To be the religion of peace, they could....you know...protest it peacefully? Go through proper channels and make a change that way?

Instead, 12 people are dead and many present the killers as victims. There needs to be a fundamental change within Islam to back away from the violence any time something offensive happens to their religion. They have many legitimate beefs with the West, but those can't be taken seriously when the reaction is violence.

The Bible has many verses that call out for violence or degrade specific human rights towards minorities/women, yet Christians don't go out stoning, crucifying, or any other violent punishment towards the offending parties. They've adapted to secular society, and for the most part get along peacefully (You could argue they've ventured more into politics to do their damage now)

When will Islam go through the same? Would Christianity have adapted as it did if it had access to today's weapons?

This is not going to be an easy path. It may never get there, this may be one of the top threats to civilization.
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Agree completely with PhilsFan. Anybody who does NOT condemn this barbaric act should be judged as a disgusting human being. But for fuck's sake not championing the guy and his publication does not equal not condemning this attack.

Imagine a racist piece attacking blacks. Or an antisemitic article. What if it incited a similar violent response? Would you condemn that? Of fucking course you would and you should. But would you champion the racists for spewing hatred by exercising their freedom of speech?

Muhammad is the pinnacle of reverence for Muslims. There is nothing more insulting than disrespecting their prophet. So please, condemn this barbaric attack as you rightly should. But when you champion the racists and xenophobes for spewing hateful bile in the name of freedom of expression, you come off as a moron at best, and a racist Muslim-hater at worst.
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How Muslim Scholars View Paris Attack (In-depth) - Special Coverage - Shari`ah - OnIslam.net
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Old 01-08-2015, 02:54 PM   #68
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i have just this minute found out that a close friend of mine knew two of the murdered cartoonists personally

to call them racists or xenophobes is pretty ignorant

why don't you try using your brains and scratching beneath the surface to discover meaning? things aren't always as they appear

i am not championing the magazine but i understand its significance to France and its battle against censorship thru fear, and nowhere here has anyone claimed that they are the champions of discourse (they're just a satirical magazine for fuckssakes, but which refused to be intimidated and ridiculed stupidity in all its guises), i am aware that the cartoonists could often go too far and cross the line in terms of bad taste, they were terrible irreverent, anticlerical "clowns" (as they described themselves), but everything that Charlie Hebdo stood for was the opposite of hateful bile - which is clear from the outpouring of grief among the very diverse communities (whether Jewish, Muslim, Christian, atheist) throughout France
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As a Quebecer, I'm somewhat culturally attuned to France and French customs, so I completely understand where mama cass is coming from. Whether you see the cartoons in poor taste or not funny, freedom of expression and secularism is ingrained in French society, so publications like Charlie Hebdo are held in high regard.
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As a Quebecer, I'm somewhat culturally attuned to France and French customs, so I completely understand where mama cass is coming from. Whether you see the cartoons in poor taste or not funny, freedom of expression and secularism is ingrained in French society, so publications like Charlie Hebdo are held in high regard.
thanks

i kind of thought i was going crazy in here with the lack of understanding, whereas, in my real world, everyone i know feels the same
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Is Muslim a race? I'm white, I could convert to Islam and be a muslim. I can't convert to black, or Asian.

Satire is satire. Can it be offensive? Sure, but it's subjective. If you find something in poor taste, you're right. If you don't find it in poor taste, you're right.

If enough people find something terribly offensive, there should be NON VIOLENT means to resolve the issue.

I don't care how insulting it is to draw the prophet Muhammad. To be the religion of peace, they could....you know...protest it peacefully? Go through proper channels and make a change that way?
Yea I know the racist thing is technically incorrect but it's colloquially used in general discourse in this context.

And I completely agree with what you're saying. My point with bringing up Muhammad's reverence in Islam was simply to draw a parallel to racism/antisemitism/xenophobia. If you insult an Arab by making a derogatory remark about his race versus disrespecting his prophet, 10 out of 10 Arabs would be offended a great deal more by the latter.

The point is, racism or antisemitism are clearly defined socially 'bad' constructs in the western world. It is difficult for people to wrap their heads around why insulting a religious figure can be worse than these things to a community. Of course no matter how offended Muslims are by it, violence is never a justifiable reaction. But when you champion the publication as a stalwart of freedom of speech, you need to be aware that you are supporting something not just akin to, but significantly worse than racism/antisemitism in the Muslim world. This sociological context is key, and sadly lost on a lot of people so passionately taking part in this debate.
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This sociological context is key, and sadly lost on a lot of people so passionately taking part in this debate.
not lost on, no

would like to hear your thoughts on this, youarenotimmune

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not lost on, no

would like to hear your thoughts on this, youarenotimmune

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Yea I know the racist thing is technically incorrect but it's colloquially used in general discourse in this context.

And I completely agree with what you're saying. My point with bringing up Muhammad's reverence in Islam was simply to draw a parallel to racism/antisemitism/xenophobia. If you insult an Arab by making a derogatory remark about his race versus disrespecting his prophet, 10 out of 10 Arabs would be offended a great deal more by the latter.

The point is, racism or antisemitism are clearly defined socially 'bad' constructs in the western world. It is difficult for people to wrap their heads around why insulting a religious figure can be worse than these things to a community. Of course no matter how offended Muslims are by it, violence is never a justifiable reaction. But when you champion the publication as a stalwart of freedom of speech, you need to be aware that you are supporting something not just akin to, but significantly worse than racism/antisemitism in the Muslim world. This sociological context is key, and sadly lost on a lot of people so passionately taking part in this debate.
Thanks for responding and drawing it out more. I think the real key here is "intent". If I see someone make a racist, or bigoted comment...I don't just naturally shrug it off as "well, its OK because it's their right". I feel ashamed, angered, and wish it wouldn't be made.

I think those that use their speech towards inciting rage because they truly hate that group or person (or thing) is wrong. The nice thing about the freedom of speech is that we can identify with those who are idiots, and while they can say the stupidest things...it's up to us to either ignore, or make sure these ideas/views don't take a position of power.

Satire is a fine line. I would say it can still be mean spirited, but I don't think their intent is to cause a reaction where people are hurt or even killed. I am sure they didn't WANT to die by making fun of Islam.

Islam(and the other religions) say some pretty nasty things about women, gays and those who don't believe the same as them. Yet it feels like when this is pointed out, those in the religious community run straight to same argument that we are making, that their speech should be protected by law because of it's religious nature.

It is a mess, and I am just not sure how it gets solved. I definitely do not agree with not printing the cartoons or altering our rights towards fanatics. The freedoms we have are to protect us, not to protect fanatics.
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Muhammad is the pinnacle of reverence for Muslims. There is nothing more insulting than disrespecting their prophet. So please, condemn this barbaric attack as you rightly should. But when you champion the racists and xenophobes for spewing hateful bile in the name of freedom of expression, you come off as a moron at best, and a racist Muslim-hater at worst.
Most people are championing freedom of expression in a secular society. There are obviously clear legal limits to that but freedom of expression most certainly DOES NOT stop where your religiously based offence starts. That's preposterous.

I for one am tired of special allowances being afforded to religion that we would not afford to anyone else. If there is a cartoon of Muhammad making out with a guy or of Piss Christ painting, who the hell cares?

I won't comment on the absurdity of your "they are morons or Muslim-haters" because that's really beneath any sort of rational discourse.
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