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Why we cherish and defend freedom of expression #JeSuisCharlie


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Yesterday in Paris, religious extremists murdered twelve people and critically wounded several others at the offices of a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, including the editor, cartoonists and writers, and police personnel. This morning a policewoman has died and another was wounded in another murderous attack in south Paris. The kalashnikov toting murderers in the first massacre shouted as they left that their god had been avenged.

The magazine has courted controversy over the years, with its deliberately provocative cartoons satirising and criticising politicians, nationalities, various religious faiths and boorish Frenchmen among others. Last night, many thousands including members of all faiths gathered in the Place de la Republique in a demonstration of solidarity and defence of free speech.

notafraid Credit – Associated Press

So why are we in the west so obstinate and determined to maintain our right to freedom of expression, and why do we hold those who use it provocatively…

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Along with other stuff I enjoy that pays the bills (a plus!), I'm a budding nurse comic. I plan, like fake Opthomologist Rand Paul, to create my own professional organization solely so it will grant me a Doctorate. In my case, the org will be something like the AANC (American Association of Nurse Comics), and it will (trust me on this point) agree to make me the first ever DNC: Doctor of Nurse Comedy. I'll keep you posted!

2 Comments on Why we cherish and defend freedom of expression #JeSuisCharlie

  1. The terrorists are under-educated empty headed cowards that use violence and bloodshed to get attention. But sonthe saying goes, “the pen is mightier than the sword (or in this case, guns)”


    • The pen has a much greater ranger, and it’s effects propagate without any set limit. Fortunately enough, no gun (yet) begins to rival the pen. Still, a pen’s not much use in a fight…
      Thanks for reaching out – Greg

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