By: Sandip Roy
Je suis Charlie?
Well, not quite. I really am not Charlie Hebdo.
Nothing – no cartoon, no book, no song – justifies the kind of shooting rampage that happened in Paris. As Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam of Drancy mosque in Paris says, “These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their souls to hell.”
And he is not talking about the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo. He is talking about those who mowed them down and fled.
But the spontaneous outpouring of the #JeSuisCharlie hashtags also elides over the really thorny issue of free speech. While we want free speech to be absolute, in the real world, it is not. And even as we stand with Charlie Hebdo we cannot pretend not to understand that.
Anti-Islam activist Pam Geller has put out a series of ads in New York City implying that all Muslims are terrorists. Muslims around the world have been denouncing ISIS, saying the group doesn’t represent their religion, like with #notinmyname. But others are sick of being expected to apologize for the actions of others just because they share the same religion. We asked a group of you what you think about this debate.
Arnoud van Doorn shot to fame in 2008 as one of the names associated with the anti-Muslim film Fitna, which was released in 2008. The film promoted misconceptions about Islam and Arnoud was one of the film’s distributors.
Five years later, Arnoud was a changed man having learned more about Islam, which he today calls as ‘a religion of peace’. He converted to #Islam after learning more about the religion and his decision shocked the world.
“I saw my father become more peaceful after converting to Islam. That’s when I realised there is something good in this #religion and it made me change my perception of Muslims. I started studying the Holy #Quran and going through lectures of important scholars,” said Iskander in an interview with Khaleej Times.
Geert Wilders attracted in recent years all over the world to warn of Islam. In its wake almost always travels one Bjorn Larsen . The Canadian businessman as a fundraiser and organizer penetrated the inner circle of Wilders , but nobody seems to know who he is . “I asked the guy off : Do you work for a foreign intelligence service ?”
He is the shadow of Geert Wilders . A background person , “as he calls himself . His clothing is unremarkable , his voice soft, his words often formalistic. In the few official documents that exist about him , he is presented as a Canadian born in Norway on May 3, 1950 . His name : Bjorn Larsen (sometimes written with ö or ø ) .
He penetrated the inner circle of Wilders is fixed. In almost every country where the PVV leader is also delves Mr. Larsen . He presents himself in other countries like the scheduler Wilders , the planner . In emails to sympathizers he calls himself representative of Geert Wilders International Freedom Alliance ( a deputy Geert Wilders alliance of international freedom , ed.)
Who is the man behind the missionary Wilders in cities like Jerusalem , New York , Washington , Copenhagen , London , Toronto , Los Angeles , Philadelphia , Delray Beach , Sydney , Perth and Melbourne ?