To the editor:
In Charlie Hebdo’s recent satirical publication, “How Did we End Up Here?”, it attempts to explain the Brussels attacks by concluding a link between the attacks and the presence of Muslims in Europe. Many can argue the “freedom of free speech” statement in an attempt to defend Hebdo, yet media needs to be accountable that such depictions can transpire fear and hatred among groups. Based on the history before the Hebdo attacks, we have seen series of publications that promote hatred and categorize an entire population based on the actions of a few misled individuals.
True Islam advocates that everyone should be safe from such notions set within media. Media outlets that promote this level of freedom of speech are doing so at the cost of hatred and fear and are knowingly using their power to control and entice hatred for their own political or economic gains. Muslims believe in the freedom of conscience, religion and speech and acknowledge that the notion of free speech comes with a hefty price. When the channels are open to allow harmful messages to be printed toward any groups or ideologies, human reaction and behavior can lead to negative consequences.
Freedom of speech should not come with a hateful message. The recently launched True Islam Campaign (trueislam.com) condemns all forms of violence as well as cautions the need for responsible journalism to help promote the much-needed unity and peace needed in the world today.
Glen Ellyn resident and associate member
of the True Islam and Extremists campaign