‘My contention is that if everyone irrespective of one’s religious persuasion takes this as a holy order in life, with no race and religious baiting, uttering seditious outbursts against another, spearheading the superiority of one’s religion, conducting covert exercises to maim, cripple the religious lives of others and threatening the minority rights of other races and religions – the world will be a better place!’
Consumerist: Fascist & Racist NGOs Told – Uphold Dignity & Respect For All Religions – Don’t Be Selective!
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom of expression is the right of every individual to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
As a consumer advocate with more than 41 years of track record, I support and protect those who speak up and express their opinions openly and freely around the world especially those who uphold and defend dignity and human rights issues!
And among them those like :
1. journalists exposing human rights violations
2. community workers teaching human rights education
3. trade unionists defending workers’ rights
4. women working for the promotion of reproductive rights, upholding gender issues and against all forms of violence against women
5. Consumerist & Environmentalists highlighting lifestyle and quality of life issues, the impact of development projects on indigenous peoples land rights.
6. issues pertaining to the marginalization of communities, racism, fascism, religious baiting, new forms of apartheid, race and religious genocide
On one Wednesday morning, two gunmen went into the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s office wielding Kalashnikovs and rocket-propelled grenades. Within minutes, 12 people were reported killed.
This was not the only incident as in 2005 a Danish publication published cartoons depicting a Prophet which resulted in riots, looting and assassination attempts in Denmark and around the world.
There was massive collateral damage and among innocents!
But did the western media and its backers learn any lessons?
We are told there is nothing sacred and one can lambasts, attacks and lampoons all religions, all identity groups, minorities and majorities!
When one takes that stand, it is sad and it plays into the hands of those fanatics and racists waiting anxiously to wreck massive collateral damage and mischief all around the world not against the political and well trained groups but against the innocent, defenseless and the common men and women who go about minding their own business hurting no one!
This is why I sincerely support the contention put forward by Pope Francis that freedom of expression has limits!
Pontiff defends freedom of speech en route to the Philippines and says ‘you cannot insult the faith of others’
Pope Francis has said there are limits to freedom of expression and that following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris “one cannot make fun of faith”.
On a plane from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, the largest Catholic majority country in Asia, the pope said freedom of speech was a fundamental human right but “every religion has its dignity”.
Asked about the attack that killed 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo – targeted because it had printed depictions of the prophet Muhammad – he said: “One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people’s faith, one cannot make fun of faith.
“There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity … in freedom of expression there are limits.”
He gestured to Alberto Gasparri, who organizes papal trips and was standing by his side, and added: “If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal. It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”
Cautioning against provocation he said the right to liberty of expression came with the obligation to speak for “the common good”.
My contention is that if everyone irrespective of one’s religious persuasion takes this as a holy order in life, with no race and religious baiting, uttering seditious outbursts against another, spearheading the superiority of one’s religion, conducting covert exercises to maim, cripple the religious lives of others and threatening the minority rights of other races and religions – the world will be a better place!