I may not agree with what cartoonists said, but defend their right to say it

by Heather Robinson

Tonight the world is rocked by the news that Islamist militants attacked and killed 12 and injured many more individuals at a satirical magazine in Paris. A few initial thoughts on this.

“I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it.” Seems to me that is the bottom line – we don’t have to like or encourage the ridicule of anyone’s religion, but we must defend the rights of those who wish to do so or to express any opinion. If we are not united in the defense of freedom, then we will all be eventually subject to the chilling effects of censorship and intimidation by any forces (government or individuals) who cannot tolerate a diversity of views. Today it might be these provocateurs who are targeted, tomorrow it might be you or me.

 

This entry was written by and posted on January 8, 2015 at 12:44 am and filed under Blog.