After the January 7th attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris, there was an outpouring of support for the magazine, journalism, and free speech across the globe. #IAmCharlie was quickly trending on Twitter and became the global slogan for freedom of expression.

But, it didn’t take long for Muslims to crack the #IAmCharlie united front. Now, a disturbing and growing gang of Muslims are taking to Twitter to justify the killings of journalists who dare to say anything negative about their religion; and to spread jealous frustration over public empathy for the journalists killed in the attack. They’ve co-opted #IAmCharlie into #IamNOTCharlie.

Here's a small sample:

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The popularity of the hashtag started with comments made by Al Jazeera on the day of the Paris attack. One reporter wrote, "I guess if you insult 1.5 billion people chances are one or two of them will kill you." Meanwhile, the network’s English editor, Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent out a mass email to staff declaring, "Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is on thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile."

Perhaps this news editor (and Muslims on Twitter) are unfamiliar with the definition of oppression. A mass murder of people simply because they have a differing opinion – that fits every definition of oppression.

 

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