The spread of terrorist acts significantly changed the lives of people and the perception of Islamic religion around the world. To the continuation of the classroom discourse about the accident on 7 of January I would like to provide the prehistory of the terrible events in Paris.
Charlie Hebdo – is a satirical magazine mocking politicians, religion and famous people very often of the obscene character. First impingement was in 2011, when the caricaturists published Muhammad prophet naked, causing the act of the office bombing and the Charlie Hebdo website hacking. After the distribution of the film “Innocence of Muslims” French journalists supported the anti- Islamist video publishing negative and even offensive utterances about the prophet and were assaulted. In the course of attacks 12 people including two policemen were killed.
Our Professor asked us to analyze whether the events in Paris somehow connected with the ideology of linguistic purity. According to Weber & Horner (2012), the ideology of purity declares that people have a belief that the only one norm or reality exists and diversity of different views on life should be eradicated. The ideology of purism could provoke racial disturbances, wars; terrorist attacks on the account of religion. Salman Rushdie (2003), states that “those who embrace difference are in danger from the apostles of purity” (as cited in Weber & Horner, 2012, p. 21). The ideology of the purity might evoke the struggle for the power, and that way it could become a real social as well as political danger for human beings. Langer and Davies (2005), mentioned about the emotional factors that drive the influential members of society to perceive things in accordance with their own beliefs and values (as cited in Weber & Horner, 2012, p. 20).
There is a harsh critique in the society. On the one hand people believe that the murders upheld the name of the Prophet because the pictures hurt feelings of all the religious people. However it is refuted by those who argue for the freedom of expression and accept those pictures as a joke.
The linguistic purity here means not the preservation, revitalization or standardization of the language but the way the caricaturists metaphorically showed harsh criticism and censorial pictures of the Islamic prophet which you can see above. Terrorists might hold the idea of purity and did not accept that derision of the Saint. This gives me better understanding of the necessity to pay attention to the education as one of the most important sphere of human future life. If we, future leaders in education, claim to bring up a generation which will be tolerant, democratic and intelligent. How can we attack the roots of religious discrimination? As for me, there is a great need now not to develop the extra abilities, but to start from the very beginning is to bring up a kind-hearted individual who will be abide by the humane rules, will not abandon himself to despair and will think with his own head. Consequently, the terror act was an example of the one-sided life perception that caused such irreversible consequences taken away lots of human lives.
What do you think about this act? What side are you for? Do you think that the ideology of purity could lead to such kind of terrorist acts? Does this act shows that we should start implement teaching subject “religion” at schools? So, is it an ideology or another reason for that kind of action?
Weber, J-J. & Horner, K. (2012). Introducing multilingualism: A social approach. Abingdon: Routledge.