In memory of those murdered at the Charlie Hebdo offices

Free speech and the dialogue it generates is important for societal advancement. Without it, I feel it is too easy to sink into uncontested rhetoric that leads to societal degradation and stagnation.  I support the Charlie Hebdo artist's right to freely publish - and abhor the acts of violence committed against the people in the Charlie Hebdo offices.

Personally, I feel the Charlie Hebdo artwork was over the top, ridiculous, and sometimes visually offensive - but their bravery and persistence in the face of violent oppression was highly admirable. They persisted in publishing the type of religious commentary that even Comedy Central shies away from - see South Park episodes 200 and 201 (Read about here). It has been heartening to see Canadian political cartoonist's respond to these attacks. I just read a Globe and Mail post listing all the latest Canadian political cartoons that commented on it. I suggest viewing the post. I posted two of the examples below.

I think the most admirable quality of the Canadian artists included in the Globe and Mail's post is their almost universal decision to avoid stereotypes that would merely engender more hate. Instead they focused on freedom of expression by juxtaposing symbols of expression against symbols of violence. This, I feel, is the right way to engender dialogue that might lead to a reduction in societal polarization.

Brian Gable - Globe and Mail

Michael de Adder

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