This is a thread I didn't want to write.

At the outset, let me just say that the Paris incident must be unequivocally condemned with NO ifs or buts. Any 'action/reaction' arguments which pin the blame on the victim are disingenuous. The murder is unjustified. End of. 1/20
However this evening I was going thru a convo on FB where a Muslim gentleman said that while condemning the murder, non-Muslims are justifying deliberate acts of Islamophobia. I expressed my frustrations about this in a tweet where I said that condemning an act of 2/20
violence doesn't mean agreeing with the person on whom violence has been committed. I can disagree with a person's actions while simultaneously condemning the violence committed on them. 3/20
This sparked a huge debate where I had to clarify my stance on blasphemy laws, beef ban, FoE, etc. I was accused of monkey balancing and being biased towards Muslims. I was asked why I think drawing the Prophet is not okay in the first place.4/20
So here goes this thread which should hopefully make my stance on these things clear. Feel free to cancel/unfollow/block/soft-block. Also feel free to slide into DMs and ask questions. Let's go. 5/20
Every socio-cultural group or community has certain sensibilities they hold dear and certain codes/rules/do's and don'ts they live by. There's nothing inherently wrong with this. It's just a part of being human.6/20
Some such codes are, say, Muslims not allowing visual representations of the Prophet, Maharashtrians not referring to Shivaji Maharaj by name, Asians not allowing footwear to be worn in the house. (Ik they aren't exactly related. They're all just examples of diff protocols).7/20
Now as long as these protocols aren't harming anyone, as long as they aren't creating social disharmony or posing as a hindrance to other people's lives, the decent thing to do is to respect them. 8/20
So if someone requires you not to draw a person, or to address another person in a particular way, or to wear/not wear something before entering their house, agreeing to respect that is just common courtesy and basic decency. 9/20
If you intentionally go out of your way to disrespect these codes of conduct just to get a reaction, or make some kind of statement, or idk show the world what an edgy non-conformist little rebel you are, you're just being an insufferable POS whom nobody likes very much.10/20
But then, is being a POS a punishable offense?

If you do draw a certain someone, does it give others the right to murder you in cold blood?

If you do address someone by his name, does it give his fans the right to beat you up and trash your place? 11/20
If you enter someone's house wearing shoes, do they have the right to call the cops on you?

Nope. None of these things are illegal and this kind of a reaction to something which doesn't actually harm anyone is a crime. 12/20
That being said, simply requesting that these codes be respected shouldn't be seen as inherently violent or repressive. It's a valid expectation and others should honor that. 13/20
What happened in France was not only unforgivable, but also pointless. The whole issue could have been resolved with a parent-teacher meeting where the parent could just explain why something is unacceptable for them and what could be an alternative. 14/20
Violence is never justified, no matter how hurt your sensibilities are. At the same time, calling someone violent, close-minded or regressive simply for having certain sensibilities is unwarranted. 15/20
So now if I endorse not drawing the Prophet out of respect, do I also support beef laws?

Well, no. Because firstly, I don't support blasphemy laws which throw you in jail for drawing someone either. Such laws are pretty fascist. I'm not a fan. 16/20
Secondly, dietary preferences are personal and dependent on a variety of factors. They are not a deliberate attempt to disparage someone's religious or cultural icons. An equivalent to drawing the prophet wouldn't be eating beef but, say, throwing beef inside a temple. 17/20
That is something which I'd absolutely condemn (though I would also condemn killing the person who did that).

So yeah, bottom line is that if someone has certain sensibilities, respecting those is the right thing to do. However, the respect should come from within and not 18/20
be forced using violent means or repressive laws. Objections to any disrespect must be raised in a civil manner.

If you end up disrespecting someone's sensibilities and they object in a civil, non-aggressive manner, do hear them out instead of attacking or labeling them 19/20
That's all. I rest my case.

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