I have had enough! This was a phrase I uttered all week by many reasonable people in the media. OK. They came to Europe leaving their ravished towns and cities in the Middle East and North Africa. They came here to work. They have been welcomed. But now, for decency's sake, they have no right to break into our basic rights, limiting our freedom of expression. Let alone having fuelled the creation of fear and paranoia in many of our cities to levels seldom seen before in recent history. We are today subjected to go through quasi-full body searches prior boarding any plane for fear that some zealous believer might feel called to blow all up to pieces for whichever cause. We are afraid to board busses, trains and now even to speak up, to express ourselves... Remember Van Gogh the Dutch Film maker? Now it’s the Danish cartoonists' time to be punished for touching the Holy Grail, the sancti sanctorum, crossing the dreaded red line of one's expressions rights in Europe.
If they cannot fathom the difference between blasphemy and caricatures, between light hearted jokes and blatant aggression, between constructive criticism and blasphemy, then I suppose they can just pack and voluntarily leave. I surely don’t expect us to change so that their medieval thinking framework gets imposed on the rest of us.
I beg for common sense to prevail. I may understand a Christian Catholic like me to dislike showing my Pope in a bad light, especially if he happens to be old and frail...But surely we had no one in the Catholic Church attacking or threatening to kill the creators of the cartoons here presented on this personal blog. They are simply cartoons, caricatures. When Mehmet Ali Agca tried slaying the Pope in 1981 in Rome, no Christian group attacked Turkish embassies torching them to the ground. So why are Christians in Beirut being attacked? Why are Danes and Norwegians having their embassies burned down in Syria in revenge for a cartoon printed by a privately owned newspaper?
Wasn't an apology enough? ... Come on, let's grow up guys!
We are no longer free to be, really.
Ray de Bono for Dmax.tv