JE SUIS CHARLIE!!

To those few Islamists who think they can blast modern civilization back to the Dark Ages with Kalashnikovs, I’d like to send the message that without our modern values of freedom of speech, thought and religion, you would have been burned at the stake by a still existing (un)Holy Inquisition.

Why are you so determined to sabotage your fellow moderate Muslim brothers in their quest to live peacefully with people of other religions, races and belief systems?

The cartoonists and journalists at Charlie Hebdo (and at other satirical publications) are indispensable voices in our society. They are people who point out to us how foolish we as human beings can be; they make us re-think, they make us laugh at our follies. We need them now more than ever, and we always will. My heart goes out to the families and friends of these courageous men who were murdered yesterday.

Tolerance means respecting the philosophies of others at all times. Tolerance means the right to criticize and satirize at will. It means never forbidding free thought. It means promoting good relations between yourself and those of different persuasion – and respecting their right to have other opinions. Above all it means:

LIVE AND LET LIVE

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5 responses to “JE SUIS CHARLIE!!

  1. Thank you, Debbie, for these words.

  2. Oui. Live and let live. Lead by example. Spread the LOVE.

  3. Lyn

    These guys do not represent the majority of Muslims. They are lost causes without purpose. They are confused and mislead and not worthy of the air that they breath.

    • I agree with you, Lyn, at least part of what you write.

      The problem is that these young Muslims cannot find their place in our European (and Australian, etc.) society. They are illeducated and jobless and desperately seeking something to hold on to, to be a part of. That is fertile ground for Islamist recruitment.
      Western countries – governments as well as individuals and NGOs, must more actively work at helping these young (mainly) men before they are lost.

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