Terrorism, with its many forms, has the same general shape. Bombings, hostage taking, assassinations, and armed attacks are all perpetuated for religious, political, or ideological goals - sometimes, a combination of all three...
Whether it be the Pope or a media commentator - we must avoid capitalising on a terrorist incident to vocalise our opinion on these cartoons and society's attitude towards religious beliefs.
In light of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, the issue of freedom of speech has arisen; whether or not there should be guidelines, especially in regards to religion - the question is: Should our freedom of speech ever be restricted?
Prime Minister David Cameron and President Obama have come together to champion prosperity. The two leaders highlight the importance of economic growth - but they define prosperity as being also the rule of law, peace and freedom...
The presumption of liability here implies that should a Muslim commit a crime, 1.6 billion other Muslims think it is okay unless they explicitly say otherwise. That is a bigoted and repulsive double standard to hold a whole host of peaceful people up to.
There have been countless acts of terrorisms around the world but we do not hear the mainstream media or anyone else ask normal Jews, Christians, Hindus or any other religion to take accountability for these acts and quite rightly so.
We urgently need to understand why this violence is happening and keeps recurring and to do so is neither a justification for any crime nor an apology of violence.
When the attackers from the Paris massacre, claimed that they were 'avenging' the dignity of the Prophet Muhammad, I was both shocked and appalled. No, No, No! Not again! This couldn't be further from the truth.
The political agenda pushed by journalists such as Ware, is nothing short of a divisive and destructive mechanism to socially facilitate the British public's support, or at least acceptance for a draconian legislation, such as the CTS bill by capitalising on people's fear of Muslims.
There is little doubt, as has been made abundantly clear by the head of MI5 Andrew Parker, that the UK will suffer terrorist attacks in the future. The major difference however is that unlike France, terrorists in the UK will be faced by a largely unarmed police force which, in many parts of the country, could pose serious problems.
This is not a situation where we can fight fire with fire. We should fight the ideologies of hatred and violence with an ideology of peace and caring. We need a commitment to honouring the memories of the French journalists, Jews and police officers including a Muslim killed last week, and that involves all doing our bit to create a world in which such horrors are confined to history.
Decide not to fume and vent against the world, the window cleaner, your boss or the kids. Just be. Be still. Allow life to arise around you, and if you invest yourself in anything, let it only be things that bring love to the surface of your heart and soul.
It is no longer in anyone's interest for the silent majority of Muslims to remain silent. To do so would not only risk the Muslim community losing the battle with extremism from within but also I fear lead to a backlash from society at large. It is not bigotry or racism to ask questions about a religion. Now is the time for answers.
Nothing will or can ever validate the actions of those who effected this unforgivable massacre, and the elimination of terror must be realised, without concession. BUT - if attenuating bloodshed and trauma for entire nations matters, it may also be best not to mindlessly encourage anyone else to 'be Charlie'.
It can be difficult to find hope in such dark times. Ultimately, we must remember that what unites us is stronger than what divides us. We have more to lose by regurgitating hate between communities than we do by standing in solidarity with one other.
When people feel especially threatened, they do tend to respond in a particularly hostile manner. The sense of threat shapes their perceptions, plus explains their reactions.