Even when you know you speak the truth, there are times when it is better not to speak at all.
The recent attacks on Paris, affected people worldwide and elicited a range of reactions, especially on social media. Predictably there were some who were quick to generalise their hatred to all Muslims, just as many were ready to argue that these terrorists represented Islam as much as Dylan Roof represented Christianity. David Leyonhelm’s public statement that it wouldn’t have happened if everyone in France was armed seemed particularly tasteless given that it came so soon after the news broke. There were also efforts to highlight the inconsistency of our response to these types of attacks, compared to atrocities that occur in other parts of the world and the ongoing plight of millions of refugees.
I am not going to argue any of these issues today. I don’t think it is the time. Right now a lot of people are scared, hurt or grieving. Let’s respect that and give them a few days to heal, even if you are sure you are right. The will be time to debate the political causes and ramifications of this tragedy, but that time is not now.