07 January 2015

"Je suis Charlie!"

Thoughts and intellectual solidarity in the light of the terror attacks against the French publication Charlie Hebdo.

"Je suis Charlie!"

These monsters are trying to control what we think, to bleach our intellects and destroy free thought because their dogma cannot stand in the light of reason.

"Je suis Charlie" means "I am Charlie" and is the rallying cry of protesters and mourners trending today.

Make no mistake: this is NOT a war between Muslims and non-Muslims. This is a war between intellect and reason vs. dogma and tyranny. Don't forget that these monstrous people target far more fellow Muslims than any other group in the world for not being the right kind of Muslim or for not being Muslim enough. This is not, and never has been, about anyone's God. This is a war against the evil intent of individuals who begin by denying education and free thought because their dogma cannot stand in the light of compassion, Faith, and reason. 

We, as writers and intellectuals… as people of compassion, reason, and Faith in a just and loving God must give voice to the dead. We must answer this murderous assassination of intellect, reason, and free thought with our words never bending beneath their tyranny. When one falls, a hundred must take up the call until there is no voice left but the voice of freedom. It is always the way with tyranny -- first, shoot all the teachers… Then, silence the thinkers.

We must not be silenced. They answer reason and intellect, words and pictures with the tyranny of violence and death. But we must not let them force us into their mold of violence and tyranny. 

Freedom of speech must and can only be that -- free and unfettered speech. You don't have to like what someone says to understand they have the right to speak. Are we to have intellectual police deciding what is right and wrong? Has that ever worked when we try to police morality? The terrorists made statements as they murdered those people. The told the world their intent, leaving no doubt to their terrorist dogma and intent to silence any other opinion. As I hope most Americans will agree, I may not like what you have to say, but I'll defend to the last breath your right to say it -- and expect the same on my own behalf.

Please read this article:  What Every Christian Should Know About Muslims

NIV Romans 2:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil… 10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good… 

NIV Romans 14:19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.