By now everyone has heard of the Muslims who exacted revenge for what they considered blasphemy of their prophet on the satire paper Charlie Hebdo. Three masked men opened fire on and killed 12 people, only some of whom were “culpable” for the alleged crime. The social media response to this wasn’t as surprising to me as it might be to some. Many people actually blamed the editors for the incident.
Some say they brought the attack on themselves, knowing how volatile the Muslim response would be. The editors and cartoonists knew they were rattling a hornets nest by publishing the controversial cartoons.
There are still many in the public vision who blame terrorism on the West’s perceived treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations. They claim there wouldn’t be Muslim terrorists if only the United States would cease occupying their nations. There would be Muslim terrorists of only Israel would just cede their land.
OK, I get it. People believe that the acts of terror are exclusively responses to provocation. Then I think to myself: where have I heard this before?
“No means no”, “it doesn’t matter if she wore a short skirt”, “it doesn’t matter if she was being a tease…no woman deserves to be raped”.
I agree, no woman deserves to be raped. But where is this sentiment regarding Charlie Hebdo? Many of the people pointing the finger of blame on Charlie Hebdo, are the same people who decry blaming rape victims.
What could cause this bit of victim blaming hypocrisy? How is it that a woman can wear whatever she wants and never be held even partially responsible for her attack, yet a newspaper doesn’t have the same liberty of provocation? I’ll tell you what it is. Political correctness and the fear of being labeled a bigot.
No one wants to be called a homophobe, or a racist, or even an Islamophobe. Intolerance is the scarlet letter of the modern American society. Being labeled intolerant or racist today is akin to being branded a witch in the 18th century.
It’s dangerous to speak the truth about Islam. People are forced, out of fear, to turn their eyes and make excuses. Like the battered woman who pleads with you that you don’t really know him. He isn’t always like this.
It’s unfortunate. These violent Muslims are actually following the example and dictate of their prophet and no one will admit it. I have seen few people who even allow themselves to educate themselves beyond what the Muslim apologists offer. They accept it. They have to. If they were to look into the “Religion of Peace” they’d have to lie. They’d have to lest they be branded a witch.
Victim blaming has no merit. Whether is the woman wearing sexually provocative clothing or a satire paper printing controversial cartoons. Place the blame where it belongs, at the feet of the attacker.