Artists Push Back on Terror

Like me, you must have read many examples of people expressing their disgust of the murders of the French cartoonists and several other people in Paris. Many have managed to eloquently convey the importance of free speech, over the absurd concept of a “right to not be offended”.

The item the resonated the most with me was a quote by Rowan Atkinson:

“To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom. The freedom to criticize ideas, any ideas – even if they are sincerely held beliefs – is one of the fundamental freedoms of society. A law which attempts to say you can criticize and ridicule ideas as long as they are not religious ideas is a very peculiar law indeed.

It all points to the promotion of the idea that there should be a right not to be offended. But in my view the right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended. The right to ridicule is far more important to society than any right not to be ridiculed because one in my view represents openness – and the other represents oppression”

A very strong image that swept the internet, was originally attributed to Banksy but turned out to be the work of French illustrator Lucille Clerc:

There is already a sculpture that condemns the Paris shooting, from noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik: