The point is being missed. Much as support across the globe has been demonstrated (and rightly so) for freedom of the press to be protected, worldwide terrorism (except for what has just happened in France) has nothing to do with freedom of expression. It is about the insistence of power in the name of a religion.
The more than 2000 people slaughtered by Boko Haram in Nigeria over the past few weeks – and still continuing, using 10 year old girls as suicide bombers – has nothing to do with freedom of speech; nor have countless victims, including Muslims, across the world who have been butchered by terrorists. The burning down of churches, synagogues and mosques and the horrendous terrorist attacks throughout Africa, across Europe, in Great Britain, Russia, Australia and the United States, (never forgetting 9/11) and the Middle East, have had nothing to do with freedom of speech; but rather with imposing a culture of brutality.
Civilisation is under attack. Terrorism places no value on life or its preservation. It has inverted “Thou shalt not kill” to “Thou shalt kill” – indiscriminately; and in the most barbaric form.
Religion simply means belief in an ideology. No matter what ideology one accepts – or doesn’t; no matter how sceptical or secular one is, barbarism cannot be allowed to enforce any religious perspective.
To ‘condemn’ is not sufficient. Civilised countries must seriously wake up and act decisively against this iniquity.
‘Moderate Muslims’ who maintain that ‘terrorism’ does not represent their beliefs, should be in the forefront of eliminating terrorism (perpetrated in the name of their religion) from their ranks – instead of simply ‘condemning’ of it.
‘The world is dangerous; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.’ Albert Einstein.