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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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Madiba Rests in Peace

…and we must pray that his country will have grown strong enough to live in peace without his presence.

With the passing of Nelson Mandela last Thursday, the world lost the most iconic man of the entire 20th century. He was one of those rarest of human beings who combined intelligence with the wisdom to use it. And with it he saved his nation. The struggle in South Africa is not yet over, but that the people have come this far without a bloody civil war must be credited to this one man with the moral authority to risk love and forgiveness when others would have preferred hate and revenge.

Just think how much better a place the world we live in could be if we all emulated Madiba.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela

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