Two conflicting narratives have been clashing anew in extremely heated debates amid what we may call “a new cartoon crisis.” On one side, there is a sizable portion of orthodoxwith a strong aniconism tradition and who perceive the representation of sacred characters as unpardonable . On the other are defenders of who consider a holy human right. The world is witnessing the confrontation of two epistemologically divergent civilizations: a humanist one that killed God and put the human at its center, and a metaphysical one ready to die and kill for its deity and sacrosanct icons.
Is Peace Religious or Secular?
“French secularism against extremism in early October. This prompted a backlash from communities around the world. The events escalated further amidst the beheading of a French teacher who shared with his class derogatory caricatures featuring Muhammad. In an act of defiance, Macron insisted the French will make no concessions and would “not cease drawing caricatures” as Paris displayed gigantic reproductions of the cartoons in question on government buildings.is a religion that is in crisis,” stated French President , as he unveiled his plan to defend
The current situation is a classic case of a post-truth-era dilemma. Each camp firmly believes it is the keeper of a universal, irrefutable truth, while in reality it lives inside its own ideological bubble and refuses to accept that there are other truths out there and probably a transcendental one that is beyond all opposing paradigms.
Post-truth — which was named the Word of the Year in 2016 by the Oxford Dictionary in the midst of the divisions caused by Brexit and the election of Donald Trump — is a philosophical concept that signals a context where shared rational facts are replaced by subjective and emotional beliefs that shape public opinion. humanism is rooted in centuries of reforms ending in a rupture between the state and the church. societies lived a completely different historical reality, where metaphysics are central and populations still romanticize the theological concept of the umma (global community).
In an ideal world, both “truths” would be able to coexist peacefully. Nevertheless,never overcame its colonial mindset with its good old “civilizing mission.” Macron arrogantly insinuates that it is the white man’s burden to modernize and secularize a “in crisis.” Acts of terror committed by are indubitably repugnant and humanly unacceptable, but so is radical secularization and the extremist modernization dogma that blindly attempts to assimilate citizens into the fifth republic’s grinding machine.
Defenders of theperspective would say: Why don’t followers of other religions get angry when we draw Jesus or Moses? This is a shallow and simplistic comparison that does not take into consideration the cultural and anthropological particularity of the , nor the sanguinary colonial encounter it had with just decades back in Africa. It also characterizes the obstinate myopia with which the country of continues to deal with its almost 6 million .
Maybe the most revealing inconsistency in thediscourse can be summed up in a saying repeated by those who call to boycott products: “Insulting a black person is racism, insulting a Jew is anti-Semitism, insulting a woman is sexism, but insulting a Muslim is .”
Both Sides Demonize the Other
Of course, not all Charlie Hebdo attacks in 2015. Meanwhile, are flooding the internet with hashtags and memes against Macron, while countries like Kuwait removed products from its shelves and the Turkish president even questioned the mental health of his counterpart in Paris.people are rigid defenders of the values of the republic. Many philosophers, artists and journalists came out to condemn the president’s provocations. However, as in many post-truth dichotomies, both antagonists compete to demonize the other, which fuels further hate and animosity. Moreover, instead of fighting violent extremism, it can do just the opposite, such as with the previous controversy of 2005 and the
To answer Macron’s statement, we can regrettably say that clash of ignorance” can no longer be used as an excuse to hide the clash of truths between radical and refusing to kill God for .is a country in crisis because of its failure to address systemic racism against and its refusal to embrace cultural plurality and hybridity. In context, Edward Said’s “
*[An earlier version of this article was published by Raseef22.]
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