Charlie HebdoMost of you have probably heard of the terrorist attack which took place in Paris earlier today. Apparent Islamist terrorists murdered twelve people, most of whom were working for the famous satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Among the dead are some of France's most notable satirical artists. Two police officers were also among those murdered.More Like This
The victims were targeted because they exercised and upheld an unbridled freedom of speech, satirising religious obscurantism, ridiculing fanaticism. They were threatened many times, and not so long ago their offices were firebombed. They continued, with remarkable courage. They insisted that the right and the need to mock the pompous absurdity of fanaticism must not be cowed by threats of violence. They laughed in the face of screams of hate; they poked fun at brutes and cowards who take themselves far too seriously. They were murdered for it, by those cowards and those brutes.
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