What would Madonna do?

Madonna spoke every night about freedom of speech.

2012: Madonna spoke about freedom of speech at every concert.

by Suzanne L. Beenackers

On the day a million people joined the Paris Unity March, I re-watched Madonna’s short film;
The Secret Project.
Her strength to stand up for what you believe in, has always been an inspiration for me. Next to being a yoga teacher I also write, under a different name. And it is with this persona that I’ve been threatened or stalked. It is there that I am most vulnerable, and where the dangers are the highest.
How tempting it has been to stop. Still is sometimes.

But what I realized when seeing The Secret Project, is that if I give into fear, something is lost. Something more than rebellious blog posts – that you may or may not like.
If I give in to how people respond to what I do, then freedom is lost.

These are very scary times, but we can make a difference.
We can change it, we have the power.
And we don’t have to do it with violence.
We just have to do it with love.

Jesus preached this, Mohammed preached this, Buddha preached this, Moses preached this
It’s in every Holy book: “Love thy neighbor as thyself”
You can not use religion to treat other people badly.
You can not use God’s name, to treat other people badly.
We all deserve love.
So let’s go out into the world, and spread this message of love.
And live our lives without fear.
Amen.

Every night, Madonna would speak about freedom of speech. She later worked these speeches into The Secret Project. Although few took her seriously, Madonna’s words now almost sound prophetic, as she warns all those who speak their mind:
“You better be prepared to die for what you believe in.”

And since this week, I think she meant that literally.

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