Freedom of Speech or Ribaldry?

ARTIST can’t be morally careless. Their carelessness is inexcusable. They should be careful about the implications of their creativity. The primary and foremost objective of any such creativity should ethically be favourable to coexistence of different sections in society. Any of the creativity which actually doesn’t serve the humanity with regard to mutually established values and doesn’t serve the cognitive behaviour of humanity, cannot be the expression of any guided and well-wishing individual.

Their work should revolve around the fair understanding of issues prevailing around. Difference of opinion about any issue should always be backed with logic and reason. Mutual respect, regard and reverence as such should always be the priority. The eradication of social but actually ideological menaces such as discrimination on the basis of colour, creed and race should be the obvious objective.

A well-established value, Right to freedom of speech and expression can’t be used as a tool to infuse venom into the society and spread hate as has happened in France.

French president Macron has the intention to provoke outrage as he is facing tough competition on the political front from far right leaders. The attack on a school teacher who had showed Charlie Hebdo’s sketch of Prophet (pbuh) to his students, has also given him an opportunity to push new legislation strengthening the 1905 act on that separates religion and the state in the country — and sees freedom of expression as absolute) allowing for closer scrutiny of schools and associations exclusively serving religious communities.

President Emmanuel Macron’s statement, “Islam is a religion in crisis all over the world today, we don’t see it only in our country,” is very disproportionate reaction. For many among France’s large Muslim community, “laïcité”/ Secularism has meant a lack of respect towards their beliefs.

Mir Hilal Ahmad

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