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Monday, May 4, 2015

Je Suis Charlie or I am KKK? Looking for an answer

I want an answer

I want an answer and they may not be one. There may not be enough hands.

On one hand, I support the Human Right of Freedom of Speech. I support it here in the United States. I support it in France. I support the Human Right of Freedom of Speech around the world.
So I support the artists of Charlie Hebdo to create and publish the images of Mohammed.  They had police outside their offices that were both killed.

On another hand, I am confused when it comes to supporting the right of hate groups, of groups with ties to the KKK to have a  Muhammad Art Exhibit & Contest

The sole purpose of the exhibit was to provoke the Muslim and to push their brown faces in the pie of our Freedom of Speech as defined by our first Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It states:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

So they have the right to freedom of speech. Just as the Artists of Charlie Hebdo. They both had a police presence for protection. They were both attacked by Muslims. They were Muslims with guns. You apply your own label

On yet another hand, both groups had rights.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”  and “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

The Police at the Garland were primed and ready for conflict. They fully expected conflict. It arrived. They aimed. People were wounded and died.

The Police on the streets of Paris were slaughtered.

This is the same struggle. The common component would be Muslims that felt another group slighted their religious leader.

Did the Artists of Charlie Hebdo have the same rights of expression as the hate groups associated with American Freedom Defense Initiative

It almost seems like the folks of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and  Pamela Geller, president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Islamic organization that is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center were setting a rat trap and involved the Police of Garland in their “plot” to attract negative attention.

I am confused. It would be easy to say one is right and one is wrong and the American Constitution is the overriding authority on all of these actions. But I am not sure that our Founding Fathers anticipated this sort of conflict.

I look for opinions. I have no answers. I have felt there are many questions we can speak for which there is no answer.