18 janvier 2015

Will anti-terror bill create a university Stasi? Je suis Charlie! Je pense donc je suis Charlie! Je suis Ahmed!

By Roger Griffin. Je suis Charlie! Je pense donc je suis Charlie! Je suis Ahmed! Mahomet est Charlie!
Godot has finally arrived. He is Charlie! Or is he? Those not swept away by the spectacle of mass resistance to the fear of terrorism last week in France might be forgiven (after all, according to Charlie Hebdo ‘all is forgiven’) for remembering the famous scene about individualism in The Life of Brian and satirising it thus: ‘We are all Charlie’. ‘I’m not!’
Peering through the mental mist arising from simplistic slogans displayed and chanted with football-crowd fervour in the streets of France, the gut-wrenching events of Paris last week have stirred up a vortex of searingly painful and mind-numbingly complex issues about maintaining freedom of speech, religion, cultural identity and human rights in a pluralist, officially secular Western democracy. Read more...
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