Well that didn't last long did it?
Forget Je Suis Charlie, today's best writers are more likely to say Je Suis Musselman.
We learn via the State Broadcaster (AKA the CBC) that celebrated CBC hero Michael Ondaatje is one of several writers boycotting the PEN America gala in Manhattan because the group, dedicated to free speech, is daring to honour Charlie Hebdo.
PEN announced Sunday that the writers were upset by Charlie Hebdo's portrayals of Muslims and "the disenfranchised generally." The Paris-based magazine, where 12 people were killed in a January attack at its offices, is to receive a Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the May 5 event in Manhattan. Much of the literary community rallied behind Charlie Hebdo after the shootings, but some have expressed unhappiness with its scathing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad and other Muslims.
A couple of points here.
1. Why does the story, which is actually copy from Associated Press, use the term, "the Prophet Muhammad?"
I don't think AP is in the habit of writing, "the Lord Jesus Christ." Maybe I'm wrong but I doubt it.
2. Aren't writers supposed to be about free speech?
You don't have to agree with what Charlie Hebdo wrote in order to support their right to free speech or them receiving the award.
There's lots to be uncomfortable with when it comes to Charlie Hebdo's depictions of all kinds of people, it is a satirical magazine that pushes the envelope constantly. But I'm more concerned with the reaction of the terrorists that burst through the doors and shot editors, writers and cartoonists for daring the say something they didn't like about their religion.
Just another case of our elites having more concern for terrorists and their sympathies than with the fundamental rights and freedoms that built western civilization.
In addition to Ondaatje other writers boycotting the event include Francine Prose, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Taiye Selasi and Peter Carey.
Your reaction to those names is likely the correct one: Who are they?