Je Suis Charlie
Hebdo means weekly in French. Unless you have been living under a rock or in an uncommonly deep depression you know the story by now. The story of The Charlie Hebdo Paris Twelve. Eight staffers, two policemen, and two other people doing business in the offices of Charlie Hebdo this Wednesday, January 7, 2015 had their lives cut short by fundamentalist fascist’s in the name of Allah. Why? Well, apparently these misguided mutant acolytes can’t take a joke. Although, I am beyond certain Prophet Mo could take a teasing if the poor thing ever stops turning in his grave. For sure Allah has a sense of humor. Allah has been reduced to moonlighting as the poor man’s Rodney Dangerfield since 9/11 going; “I don’t get no respect!” Humor abounds.
In 2011, Charlie Hebdo’s office was firebombed after it published an issue cleverly “guest-edited” by the Prophet Mohammed. It featured a front-page cartoon of ‘Pro Mo’ together with the words, “100 lashes if you don’t die of laughter.” The office was set afire for its efforts. Still… anything for a joke.
The killers of The Paris Twelve have now been killed. Where? In a Kosher Market. Fitting isn’t it? Remember that other useless, humor free religion that goosed stepped its murderous specialty act of evangelical Aryan Perfection across Europe? There was no room for Jews, Armenians, Gypsies, Poles, anyone kosher or not to be a non-believer. You drank the Nazi-spiked Kool-Aid or hello Auschwitz. Allah doesn’t have a sense of humor? The staging alone is classic Allah fare.
It’s all too familiar. Where there is a will there will always be a way for humans to get it wrong. Every ideology has its own religious terrorists to thank for giving their idea a bad name. Ideologues are generally speaking self-righteous addicts. Lost, IQ impaired, violent, boring, highly contagious and forever following false prophets for profit. These groups multiply like a Mormon family with twenty child bearing wives. Ignorance may not be bliss. However, what ignorance IS always, always, always, imposes itself on people who are free thinking and speaking, artistic, truth telling, brilliant, defiant, and dismissive of all that is irrelevant. And baby, if a whack job religion isn’t irrelevant ? I don’t know what is?
Yes, Je Suis Charlie! I am Charlie!
I am Charlie because I am a professional smart ass that refuses to be reverent even though I am a Reverend. I am Charlie because I will always express my truth no matter who enjoys hearing it. I am Charlie because I am an artist. A singer. A writer. A performer. A humorist. A Reader. A believer in basic human rights. Rights such as FREEDOM of speech. FREEDOM of choice. FREEDOM of bores. Yes, even FREEDOM of religion if you behave yourself and act like an intelligent human being while captured by its spell.
You are Charlie! We are Charlie!
Mr. Charbonnier, Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, Bernard Velhac and Philippe Honoré at any time you men could have stopped exercising your artistic right of expression. You did not do that and paid a very precious price for it. The other lambs that are The Paris Twelve, and the innocents who were sacrificed today at the Kosher Market. Know that there is only one just cause. Only one cause worth dying for. The only cause where no one dies in vain. Or dies alone. That cause is freedom.
The spirit of Freedom that will live on through you.
We here in the Free World will keep this spirit alive and well on your behalf for as long as we draw breath. It is the very least we can do. Artists and free thinkers of the world unite! Express yourselves without fear. Be the light in the darkness for others that do not have the right of free expression. Be the light for those who would never even dream of expressing themselves. Be the vigilant and tireless light and say your truth out loud. Be the light for those who would dare dim your light.
And so it is!