Not just because of the general terror caused, and the loss of lives, but because it undermines the whole issue of freedom of speech. Of course, I have my own opinion regarding how much freedom one should have to express hatred, and malicious opinion, but unfortunately if freedom of speech is sacred, then it will embrace a certain amount of negative energy.
One of the reasons I write Poetry for social change, is because I do not feel I have the knowledge base or eloquence for in depth, real time, political discussion, or persuasive speech.
I do however, pride myself in being able to savor and choose words in my own time, for poetic expression and hope that I get my message across.
After putting my foot in it somewhat this morning, by poorly translating my sentiment into French, I decided that I should probably stick to what I know best.
I cannot understand the whole radicalized fundamental viewpoint, and am certain that most others do not either. But I am seriously worried that sooner or later, all Muslims will be “tarred with the same brush" as radicalized fundamentalists, and victimized for their religion, because of mass public misunderstanding.
Already there are anti-Muslim demonstrations happening in Germany, and France. The sentiment is spreading rapidly in the States, and people are quick to judge in their ignorance. Ethnic cleansing is already happening in Africa, and Syria, and I foresee the emergence of that kind of blind prejudice and violence spreading like a communicable disease.
I feel that it is time for the true and reverent practicing Muslims of this world to stand up and be counted for what they believe is a peaceful and beautiful way of life. I see tweets to that effect, and I read condemnations of the terrorist behaviors of radicalized Islamic thugs. But so far, no globally recognizable leader has emerged. The only recognizable leaders are those inciting medieval violence on the side of the extremists.
Their heads are like Medusa; you cut off one, and another emerges.
The Global condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris was one of solidarity.
Charlie Hebdo's website, which went offline during the attack, showed the single image of "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie) on a black banner, referring to a hashtag that is trending on Twitter in solidarity with the victims.
Around the world there were many cartoons published demonstrating that the cryptic freedom of speech illustrated by cartoons will not be silenced by Terrorism.
To view some of these cartoons, visit the link below.
For my own part, instead of cartoons, I will share with you a poem that I wrote over two years ago. One in which an Islamic Mother rocks her baby to sleep singing a lullaby for social change.
I have illustrated my poem with a disarming Madonna like figure, rocking a baby to sleep with a toy rifle in his arms.
It is called Lullaby baby, and you can hear me sing in in my book, The Moon of Compassion.
How I love thee little son
Sweetly dreaming of a gun
To rid the world of sin and strife
Gently rocking for your life
Things are changing little son
Sisters rising one by one
See them waking
See them breathing
Power and Will
Wise ones learning
Father’s eyes are prying open
Seeing, hearing prayers unspoken
Rigid thoughts are smashed
Come to me my darling son
Count our blessings
One by one
No more vestal virgins waiting
No more suicide or hating
Sweetly rock you
Rock you Rock you
Feel my bosom's rise
Shed the chains of long tradition
Feed your soul and intuition
Recognize your sisters all
Let the bonds of Dogma fall
Embrace the dawn
Of woman's call
How I love thee little son
Men are changing
One by one
See them running
Come come come!