A brilliant hashtag has been born in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, seeking to counter virulent anti-Muslim sentiment.
As soon as news of the shootings and explosions in France's capital broke, many were quick to blame Islam as a whole and tar all followers of the religion with the same brush.
Muslims terrorize the world even more today, senseless murders in Paris. Islam is disgusting.— dom (@IIllIllllI) November 13, 2015
Of course this is a horrendously simplistic view as eloquently highlighted in a tweet by LSE student Daniel Wickham.
Most of those killed by ISIS and most of those fighting ISIS are Muslims. Remember that when you collectively blame Muslims for ISIS' terror— Daniel Wickham (@DanielWickham93) November 14, 2015
The hashtag #TerrorismHasNoReligion began to trend on Saturday morning as people sought to counter the bigots.
The target was normal people of all cultures living together in harmony in the West. #TerrorismHasNoReligion— Ro Ssh (@Friednoodlepie) November 14, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
An aside to tonight's horror and a preemptive reminder for tomorrow's reaction to it: #TerrorismHasNoReligion. Terror is just terror.— Jordan Gavaris (@JordanGavaris) November 14, 2015
my muslim friend texted me that people are spitting at her and her dad in public, this is absolutely disgusting. #TerrorismHasNoReligion— ʙᴇᴛᴛʏ (@nyumeria) November 14, 2015
#TerrorismHasNoReligion this is so important. There is no religion which suggests these atrocities are okay - they use religion as a mask.— Doug (@BoyWithTheToast) November 14, 2015
It's hard to believe than in 2015 we still have to remember that #terrorismhasnoreligion— Alicia Aguirre (@aaliciaguirre) November 14, 2015
At least 140 people were killed in Paris on Friday as a wave of terror attacks swept the French capital, including suicide bombings, a shooting and a hostage situation.
Hiding behind religious ideologies as an excuse to kill innocent people is beyond cowardly #TerrorismHasNoReligion— Dan Holmes (@DanHolmes12) November 14, 2015
In the deadliest violence witnessed in Europe in decades, more than 100 people were slain at the Bataclan theatre after gunmen took hostages. French security forces raided the concert theatre, which was hosting an American rock band, killing two assailants. Speaking with The Guardian after escaping the Bataclan, a man described the scene as "carnage," adding there were "bodies everywhere."
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Despite these horrific attacks, PLEASE remember not all Muslims are terrorists & not all terrorists are Muslim. #TerrorismHasNoReligion— ✨Badass Unicorn✨ (@TeenQueenScene3) November 14, 2015
Eight extremists were killed in Paris, including seven in suicide bombings.
At least one gunman opened fire outside the Petit Cambodge restaurant in the 10th district, leaving 11 people dead.
Two explosions occurred outside the Stade de France stadium north of Paris during a friendly match between France and Germany, killing three people. The police later confirmed these were suicide attacks. The sound of the explosions was captured by cameras filming the match (Vine below). Hollande, who was in attendance, was evacuated from the ground.
If some of you are filled with so much hatred towards a religion.. Doesnt that make you have something in common with Extremists then? :)— ʙᴇᴛᴛʏ (@nyumeria) November 14, 2015
I'm muslim and no I'm not a terrorist. Sorry to let you down but i have no interest in bombing your miserable ass. #terrorismhasnoreligion— ceren (@Irhalsey) November 14, 2015
Don't let a peaceful religion be tarnished by the actions of a few #TerrorismHasNoReligion— Abigail Chalrinho (@Abigail4WO) November 14, 2015
Of course not everyone agreed.
#TerrorismHasNoReligion has got to be one of the stupidest hash tags ever made— AM (@_A_M10) November 14, 2015
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- At least 127 dead, and fears death toll could be around 140
- At least five locations targeted in suicide bombings and shootings
- More than 100 slain at Bataclan concert theatre after hostage situation
- Restaurants, football stadium attacked in night of horror
- Police leave cancelled and around 1,500 soldiers mobilised
- French border controls increased, state of emergency declared
- Eight extremists killed, all attackers thought to be dead
- Manhunt under way for accomplices
- David Cameron to chair meeting of Government Cobra committee
@HuffPostUK bullshit. There is no Islamism without islam.— 21st Century Templar (@21stCentTemplar) November 14, 2015