I’m sure all of the readers of this blog know about the events in Paris that began the morning of January 7th 2015 when terrorist assassins murdered 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in the 11th arrondissement.
This newspaper publication was the focus of previous attacks because of the cartoons that they published making satire of islamist extremists and their prophet. (For the record, the newspaper published cartoon satire on other religions, political figures etc…). A far left-leaning newspaper that upheld the values of liberty of expression, many members of their writing and four of their main cartoonists were shot dead by two gunmen.
But all the details of the events can be found in the news.
I don’t want to recap that here…
I do want to call on everyone to remember to not to treat intolerance with more intolerance. We will only be able to prevail over extremism if we spread the love, solidarity, unity and liberty. We cannot let the fear take hold of our hearts and drive us into the same blindness that people like these two assassin terrorists (and so many others) have fallen into.
Keep alive the memory of the victims their denunciation of violence, and their defense of freedom of expression.
Keep love alive, keep peace in our hearts, keep humanism from disintegrating… We all have a part to play. Keep on writing, keep on creating, keep on drawing, keep on expressing the values that France stands for : LIBERTY, EQUALITY, FRATERNITY.
Share this on your twitter, facebook, and all social media if you agree and want to spread the love, not the fear.
Vive la France.