07 January 2015

Repose En Paix Free Speech

 "Hate is greater than love"

I don't want to offend anyone for the sake of offense. Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Marxist, Unicornist, you are welcome to your fairytales. I have my own fairytales. But today, all belief systems and all 'isms' should be subject to ridicule and satire in commemoration of those who pushed the limits of free speech and free expression and paid for it so dearly.

Free Speech. Free Expression. Both terms that get thrown around lightly by so-called Western democracies that are only useful when being tested and pushed to the limits yet this does not happen nearly often enough. Some will indeed be offended for offense inevitably has to be a part of it. At this juncture in the ugly history of civilization these ideals that supposedly play such key roles in any 'free society'  need to be thoroughly excersized. There is no limit. There are no taboos. 

Of course, this is not to give license to bigots and right-wing reactionaries, for they deserve a good satirical rogering as much as the apparent Islamic extremists who slaughtered the cartoonists and journalists at Charlie Hebdo. It all needs ridicule and if your faith can't handle it, what kind of faith is it in the first place?

Fuck You.