“There is no such thing as freedom of speech, unless it suits certain people and an agenda” (image blazingcatfur)
Guest blog from Abdul Hamid Faruki
Why should I be asked to keep apologising, protesting and condemning every act done by terrorists who share my faith? Why is faith constantly linked with terrorism when it has no basis for it? Why does the media keep on stirring Islamophobia? I know who I am, proud of it and know what my religion teaches.
The question is, have you apologised or condemned the criminal acts carried out by those that share your race, faith, colour or nationality? Has the White/Christian man apologised for the genocide of the Native Americans, the enslavement of the Black people and the continuous racism and killings of non-whites today? Have the Buddhists apologised for the continuous killings and oppression of the Rohingya people in Burma by Buddhists extremists? Did the Hindus apologies for the mass murders of Muslims by Hindu extremists in the early 1990’s in India?
Did the Atheists apologies for the Holocaust committed by Hitler, or the genocide of tens of millions of people under the dictatorship of Joseph Stalin, or the killings of millions of Christians because of their religion by the Atheist Communist Russia? Did the Jews apologies for the mass murder of 29 Palestinians by a Jew, Baruch Goldstein, in 1994 or the killings of over 500 children in Gaza by the Israeli Army in the summer of 2014? Did the American public hold vigils or observe a day of mourning for the 200 innocent Pakistani children that have been killed in the last five years by American military drones?
Did the Western media hype the religion of Anders Breivik (a Christian) who killed 69 people in Norway in 2011? Where was the condemnation and vigils for the Muslim French women who have been attacked due to their faith and wearing Islamic clothing? Where was the vigil for a 21 year old pregnant French woman who lost her baby in an attack because she was a Muslim? Where is the media storm on the Mosque attacks in France in response to the Paris shootings?
It’s funny how in France everyone is jumping on the bandwagon for freedom of speech and expressing oneself whilst living in a democratic country, yet Muslim women in France are banned from wearing the Burka in public, and they have also forgot the ban imposed on Nicolas Anelka for the ‘quenelle’ gesture. There is no such thing as freedom of speech, unless it suits certain people and an agenda.
The answer is that I don’t expects Jews, Christians, Hindus, White, Black, etc to keep apologising for a crime committed by someone who shares the same background as them, and nor should these people be attacked for not doing so. Just like they never committed those crimes, I wasn’t involved in the attacks on the World Trade Center, the July London bombings, the murder of Lee Rigby or the shooting in Paris. If you looking for answers and solutions, then look closer to home and yourselves.
“We observe a day of mourning and a moment of silence for selected loss of innocent lives. If only humanity did that for every loss, then the world would be silent. For their deaths would deserve us to never speak again.”
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.