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Le glas: The death knell rang today in France

Eglise church in st cyr le glas sonne en franceLe glas sonne dans toutes les églises de France en hommage aux trois victimes de l'attentat dans la basilique de Nice. (-Midi Libre) The death knell is ringing in all the churches of France in homage to the three victims of the attack in the basilica of Nice. (pictured: Catholic church in St. Cyr-sur-Mer)

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Many of you woke to the news of France's latest, most horrific terrorist attack (the fourth in under 6 weeks). Two women and one man were knifed to death this morning in Nice, only a half-mile from the 2016 truck attack in the same Mediterranean city.

The French government immediately put the country under a plan vigipirate (anti-terrorist security alert), at its highest degree. This comes on the eve of the nation's second lockdown.

Adding to the shock are the details behind the murders (certain info will be left out): it took place in a church. One of the victims, an elderly woman, was praying when she was killed. The second woman, who fled, wounded, to a nearby business, died after asking medics for a favor:

Dites à mes enfants que je les aime. Tell my children I love them.

The tears France is shedding and the pain the world is feeling is echoed in le glas: the death knell began ringing at 3 pm this afternoon. Here, on the eve of le confinement, as we process the news, one can't help but ask, How could this tragedy have been avoided?

One answer might be: By keeping quiet! After all, if the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo hadn't drawn...and if the teacher, Samuel Paty, hadn't lectured, had President Macron not spoken out--in the name of freedom of expression--no one would have been offended and thus enraged. 

But we all know that isn't the answer, and that the answer isn't as simple as that.

While I am the last person to know the answer, I have a few questions. Is freedom of speech sans exception? Or, is it like the French grammar rule that states: there is an exception to every rule. If so, what is the exception? There must be an exception

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robert

C'est tellement triste!! Je suis desole'!! Nous avons besoin de PAIX pour tout
le monde.

Merci pour vos mots!
Robert

John Patté

I agree that there must be an exception, or exceptions, to freedom of speech. We do have rules for instance against hate speech, although defining what is hate speech can be problematic.
I wonder how Christians would feel if the cartoon featured Christ, or perhaps Mary. Would Christians be so nonchalant?

Lynn

Very sad day. So much evil in the world yet so much goodness as well. Have to believe that the goodness will win out over the evil. Stay safe and healthy.

K

Bonjour:

Ça va?

La liberté d’expression ne doit jamais finir par meurtre!

Je suis Charlie!

Liberté, égalité, fraternité!

Merci

Natalia

Our dear Kristi,
Such horror,such sadness,we can only ask God to carry this for us and fill us with His absolute courage,strength,and peace.
Prayers for these victims and prayers for their families.
Love
Natalia xo

Julie Farrar

I know that it is a difficult time in France -- two separate killings and the lockdown. In America we have just had another unnecessary killing of a black man (the police showed up when the family had asked for an ambulance for a mental health emergency) as well as growing deaths and no sign of action from our government. Some days it feels like too much.

As to your question about exceptions, I would say exceptions already exist if France has libel laws, etc. I think the exceptions also have to arise from both a more humane and moral perspective. While I realize satire is part of the culture (political satire is huge in America, too) at some point someone has to step back and say, "No, there are many citizens for whom this is a serious issue. I should step back and take their feelings seriously and not tell them 'get over it; it's just a joke'. What can I do to engage with them better?"

I understand on one level why laïcité is important in France. But I think the current obsession with it makes it impossible to celebrate and respect the cultures of all the immigrants. Teaching them "how to be French" is telling them to forget everything they were before they or their ancestors arrived. In the U.S., most of us revel in the variety of cultures -- Greek festivals, North African food celebrations, Hispanic and Irish parades. I never see such things in France. Don't say "I love couscous and kebabs" but reject everything else in a culture.

I know many in France would reject what I say because I'm not French, but I know what I see. There is no embracing of the different cultures. And little political power. And I can't believe there is only one way to be French. So I say free expression may technically be allowed, but one has to also take into consideration its consequences, whether the subject is religion, fat-shaming, racism, or other elements of unkindness or hate. Words have consequences. And when those consequences show up, you can't blame it all on the target of those words and shrug your shoulders, saying "Can't you take a joke?"

Edward

I doubt Christians (I am one) would go around beheading people no matter what the cartoon depicted. That's the difference...

Michael I Cowan

There is no excuse for murder or fanaticism.

Leslie L

Bien dit! Je suis vraiment desolee pour la France.

Sarah LaBelle

Christian art has long included images of all the sacred figures. Italian churches have magnificent murals of the creation, which includes Michelangelo’s image of God, and the biblical Adam as well. Many other paintings of Jesus mark stations of the cross, the last supper, and other major events of his time on earth. There are statues too.

Islamic art does not feature images of people so much as geometric designs and Arabic script. As I cannot read Arabic script, it looks like a design to me, part of the decor.

Why they do not draw images of the founder of their religion is not something I was taught long ago in school. It is something learned in my adulthood, and seems to be something used now to strike a difference from Christianity, or simply as an identifying mark of their ways.

Some of the Protestant Christian sects removed all imagery from their churches, if they let the church stand, as a feature of their difference from Roman Catholicism, at the time of that break. So my statement about the images likely does not apply to every group calling themselves Christian.

France embodies the art in their churches and as well has a sharp line between church and state.

This is the delicate territory, the way of France since her revolution at the end of the 18th century, and people of Islamic faith who now want to live in France.

I do hope there is a way for people in Islam to understand France, a nation of tolerance, a nation that once endured a too-powerful and material church, and has made separate spaces for religion and the rest of life. These slaughters are horrifying, the actions of hundreds of years ago not fit for the present. We have better ways to resolve differences, better than taking offense and enlarging it.

gjfrog@hughes.net

Amen to that, Edward - a huge difference, indeed! - Janet

Marianne Rankin


Who says Christians are nonchalant about cruelty and murder?

We should all have the right to free speech. But it's not absolute. The classic example, in the USA, is not shouting "fire!" in a crowded theater.

There is another side to it. Just because we CAN say something doesn't always mean we SHOULD. As much as possible, we should avoid demeaning what we are criticizing (there is a difference). On can ojbect, for example, to certain aspects of Islam without being disrespectful of all its features, and especially those who sincerely practice it. The same goes for any other religion.

All of the above said, terrorism has to be stopped.

Robert Roethemeyer

Well said...

Kay

thought provoking perspective.......bravo

Faye-Oregon Coast

So true!

Tracy Hart

A Christian wouldn't react with violence.

Tim Averill

I am so moved by your account of today. Thanks for keeping us apprised of your thinking. You have shown the challenge of living in a free society. I am happy that you allow us to support your website and that you resist simple answers, Kristi!

Hevan

I am an American-Muslim living in NYC, and Paris is one of my absolute favorite cities in the world. To hear that this kind of atrocity was committed breaks my heart.

As a Muslim I do not condone this kind violence. I respect freedom of speech and expression however sometimes we need to stop and think about the repercussions of what we say, do and create. With that said, I am bothered by the illustrations of Charlie Hebdo but that doesn't mean I should go out and harm someone. As for the the teacher, he could've exercised a little more tact and used this opportunity to teach his students a little bit more about Islam.

Yes, my religion has its fair share of extremists and fanatics but we're not all that bad. Mahershala Ali, Muhammad Ali (RIP), Malala Yousafzai just to name a few...

We're dealing with our level of extremism here in the U.S. (as I'm sure you are all aware of) and with this upcoming election it feels like we're all sitting on a powder keg - and we all know who's holding the match. I'm worried about what the possibilities of our election will mean specifically for person of color. More specifically - American Muslims.

I've experienced nothing but beauty, love and friendship all the times I've visited Paris (and even the areas outside of the city). This blog is a reminder of those feelings and I thank the author for that with every email and post.

David

The people murdered today were not shouting fire in a crowded theatre, or even drawing cartoons. No part of the blame can be shifted from the perpetrators of these horrific killings to society for allowing free speech. As Edward said above, if the situation was reversed and it was Christianity that was being made fun of, people would not be losing their lives. The problem is medieval behaviour that has no place in a 21st century society.

Susie

Acually, it has happened in the U.S. And although it was disgusting and disrespectful, no murders or riots resulted. It was accepted as freedom of speech. However, there is a line past which Americans are not allowed to go. We cannot yell "fire" in a crowded theater, or anything else of that ilk.

Gregory Geuther

We see cartoons poking fun at God, Christ, the disciples, St. Peter, and biblical figures often. Some cartoons are in good taste, some are not, but we are all free to disagree or disapprove. Harming others is unthinkable, to everyone of sound mind, regardless of one's faith or credo.
Edward is 100% correct!

Bill

On one point, there are no exceptions: we do not behead those with whom we disagree.

Deborah Frost

Why bother asking? Christians have done plenty of killing in the name of Christ (lest we forget the Crusades, never mind all those heretics burned at the stake for one thing or another over the course of history) but they seem to have calmed down lately. Thank G-d.

Ellen

This was the first headline I read this morning and the only thing I could think of on a dreary, rainy day in Upstate NY was, "il pleure dans mon coeur comme il pleut sur la ville". I'm devastated by this and my heart goes out to all who mourn.

Bud Frawley

Dear John,

We must not put the cart before the horse. The first question is not "Is freedom of speech sans exception?" Rather it is "Is cold-blooded murder always wrong, without exception?"

Bud Frawley

Barbara

This is not an act representing the Muslim religion. It is an act of deranged, fanatic people who, unfortunately, exist in every culture and every religion. Let's not answer horrific acts of violence with more prejudice, encouraging even more fanaticism.

Suzanne Codi

Unfortunately, there are extremists everywhere,in every religion, and mentally disturbed people who are also responsible for heinous crimes in the name of their God. There is no God in any religion that condones violence.
I'm so sorry for France, but also for all the violence happening around the world now. A very difficult time, aggravated by the pandemic.
All our children need to be taught that education and peace are the future, not ignorance and violence.

Eileen deCamp

Hi Kristi,

Praying for those who lost their lives in France and those who have suffered all over the world.

We have had statues of the Blessed Mother beheaded and desecrated here in the US and one Catholic church in Ocala Florida was set on fire while parishioners were setting up for Mass. Other Catholic churches in Los Angeles and other areas have been vandalized or set on fire. Statues of Jesus have been beheaded. This kind of behavior has no place in civilized society. There is more good in the world but it just seems like we have an abundance of hate and a turning away from God.

Faye

People forget that with freedom comes responsibility.. Words, actions, and non-action all have consequences. It behooves us all to think from the end, as the wise Wayne Dyer would say.

Susan Levien

If there is a hornets nest, why stir it up?

Debra Houston

I am so sorry for the victims! I just heard about these attacks. In America all coverage is about our election. Kristin, you know that in the U.S., we can say anything except “call fire in a crowded theater,” unless there is a fire. The phrase, of course, is a metaphor for causing harm without reason. I would not censor artists. I don’t blame the gentlemen you mentioned. I blame those who committed these atrocities.

Ruth

I often disagree and get upset by plenty of stuff, but I never feel moved to head out and stab someone. Mental health is the bigger issue here. Even if all speech, cartoons, etc. were reigned in, folks with untreated mental health issues, including feelings of isolation, desperation, being shamed,....so many things, might still find reason enough to join cults, gangs, terrorist groups...or act individually in horribly violent ways. I’m always hopeful that we humans will put greater emphasis on treating each other better, making sure children and teens get love and care they need, and putting more resources toward mental health. Meanwhile, sympathy and condolences to France.

Debra Houston

John, we Christians are constantly mocked. We don’t retaliate through violence. In fact, we don’t retaliate. Christ said we would be persecuted because of Him.

Anne Umphrey

I firmly believe in freedom of speech. That being said, humans should be mature enough and responsible enough when not to say something.
A person who writes once posted that he follows this rule: Is it true? Is it kind? Does it need to be said?
If everyone followed those three statements the world would be a better place.

Hedy Holmberg

Kristi,
My heart breaks for the people of France. This is so heartbreaking, tragic, and cruel beyond belief. I am so sorry this has happened, it is like an evil has been unleashed all over the world.

Keeping all of you in our prayers.

Hedy

Tim Teusink

Thank you for expressing the anguish and disorientation we are feeling in France today, Kristi. You raise good questions. The depth of evil in the world seems beyond comprehension at times like this. However I do find comfort in the realization that there is one rule to which there is no exception and that is that love will win over hate in the end. Hate causes great harm and it may even rule for a time but it ultimately destroys the haters. Only love is redemptive and restorative. Governments have the right and the obligation to protect their citizens and as an American living in France, I am grateful for the protection the French government provides and the actions it is taking but if I start to hate my enemies, they have won and turned me into them. Praying for all those affected by the recent violence and praying for France.

Tess in Oregon

I weep for the people of France. Such hatred and horrible violence is shocking and heartbreaking. I pray for France and send you my love and my hope for healing and peace, in France and everywhere.

Patty

Well said.

Theresa North

I don't think that you can claim that for all Christians, just as all Muslims would not behead someone.

JGasrelT

My heart too breaks for France. I am born in America but my parents came from France and Bretagne in 1949. We as children were encouraged to accept others and not be prejudice. That everyone had a right to their beliefs. I am also a Christian and know God is not a hateful God. My family all lives in France. As well as in Nice. I live in the US. Our world has gone down the tube quickly.
Prayers for those who are suffering from this persecution. Prayers for the victims and families.

Mary Hoy

I saw the cartoon on the cover of the magazine that caused so much consternation and terrorist activity. I am a Christian and do not harbor any ill will toward Muslims, but I'm certainly not a fan of Erdogan. While I certainly believe in democracy and freedom of the press, I don't know what they were thinking when they put that particular cartoon on the cover. Surely they would have known it would have upset millions of people, and to tell you the truth, let's face it, it wasn't in good taste.

Virginia Brooks

There have been a lot of hateful portrayals of Christ and Mary. Think of the art exhibit years ago in New a York of a crucifix in urine. As repugnant and disgusting as it was....there were no murders in Jesus’ name. There is no rational or excuses for any of this

Barry

I am not one who encourages quick, angry responses. That said, France needs to crack down relentlessly on those who enter with less than a pristine record of behavior. Our own careless, casual admissions process for noncitizens led to the 9/11 tragedy. However, the sheer number of incidents of terrorism in France demands a much more cautious, firmer approach than it has been taking, apparently. A "one and out" enforcement against noncitizen trouble makers protects everyone. For those who have become citizens, France needs to realize that patience with anyone who exhibits both a violent, anti-France attitude and its accompanying behavior is a risk to every peaceful resident on the nation. We have visited France many times in our lives and have a soft spot in our hearts for the French people. Enough is enough.

Eric Westphal

Amen, Brother!

Cate Salenger

Kristi, so sad to hear of this. And it’s happening everywhere. We’re all asking these questions and no one has answers at the moment. I guess it’s time for positive, intelligent and thoughtful answers. ♥️♥️♥️

Martin Rego

That’s a ridiculous statement. When Christians in the West are offended by anti-Christian writing or images, they don’t go out and stab innocent people in schools or churches.

Christine Webb-Curtis

It's a sad day in France. You have elicited very thoughtful responses to your post and I appreciate others' words. I wish you and your family well. And I look forward to returning to celebrate the Nice we all know and love.

Chris

Dr, GwenEllyn Anderson

Brings tears to my eyes. How sad and what a waste. Merci for your column.

Andrew M.

Fear extremists of any religion who believe murder is justified by their faith All faiths have the blood of innocents on their hands, but equally the vast majority of the faithful are abhorred by these attacks. France faces a difficult fact -- two of the country's greatest strengths (very broad free speech and a multicultural population) sometimes come into conflict.
There is no simple solution; if there was it'd already be in place. A little common sense and moderation all round would go a long way - extremists could chill a bit, and Charlie Hebdo could resist the temptation to publish things likely to incite murder.

Janet

Kristi,
Thank you for your courageous and questioning post today. As a woman of faith and kindness who is living in the region of this latest attack, you have most likely been shaken by these events. There are no easy answers to your question about the balancing of liberty of expression in France- many of us from elsewhere do not appreciate either the importance of laïcité as enshrined in French law. I suspect that the recent travel history of this terrorist into France will provide the answers to this attack but not to your broader questions. By all accounts so far, he has only been in France for a matter of weeks.

Julie

Beautifully and thoughtfully expressed. I think it is time that the whole world takes stock of its current hate-talk and attitudes - particularly where they can get away with it on social media platforms such as FaceBook and Twitter. We need leaders who show compassion and strength of good character, and help to inspire their nations to treat all people with much more love and respect in their daily lives. It does not matter what religion we may be, there is no room for murdering anyone - for any reason. Sometimes, I feel that our current world is so reactionary, hate-filled, self-obsessed and just loves to “whip up a storm”, that it is hard to remember that the vast majority of us are beautiful human beings and endeavour to
love thy neighbour as thyself. We must honour Freedom of Speech, not abuse it.

Saleemullah

Keeping quiet and not giving up freedom is not the solution because Islamic is just a bloodthirdty ideology, they will keep searching excuses for killing people. They have been regularly killing innocent people in all Western countries, the victims are mostly people who even do not read a newspaper. And they kill each other in Islamic countries like mad dogs without any reason. The solution is taking hard action against any kind of religious extremism by governments and educating people against it.

Saleemullah

Keeping quiet and giving up freedom is not the solution because Islamic extremism is just a bloodthirdty ideology, they will keep searching excuses for killing people. They have been regularly killing innocent people in all Western countries, the victims are mostly people who even do not read a newspaper. And they kill each other in Islamic countries like mad dogs without any reason. The solution is taking hard action against any kind of religious extremism by governments and educating people against it.

Patty

☮️ "All we are saying...is give PEACE
a chance" (J.L.)I stand with FRANCE
Sorry for all of you in France. Very sad.
Beautiful people. Kind and Welcoming.
I need to keep focusing on the good. Too
Much right now.
Patty ... Canada

J, Samuel

Likely not, but we seem to make them up anyhow.

judith

We might be offended, we might think cartoons featuring Christ were in terrible taste (there are many!) -- but we would not use that as an excuse to murder! Different cultures...though I fear there are more and more jihadists, or whatever they might be called, in the United States as well.

Deborah Teng

My heart is bleeding for France and for all persecuted Christians around the world. Christianity is first and foremost about love and sacrifice: Luke 23:34 Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

We should not be surprised by what is happening as man is not without sin, but we should be horrified enough to take action to keep spreading the Word of God - a message of love and sacrifice and ultimately, a sure hope - through our speech and always with love and mercy just the way Jesus spoke.

John Dunne

Debra, the situations you cite were from the Dark Ages, many centuries ago! We are now in the 21st century and to cite what happened 6 - 7 century and more ago to justify this is totally insane on your part!

John Dunne

So, we set up separate rules for different people? No depictions of Mohamed for Muslims, otherwise it's OK to kill you for it? What world did you come from? Just drawing a portrait of Mohamed is considered sacrilegious to Muslims. What world they are from is another question. No, Muslims need to understand that there is Freedom of Expression in the world and learn to live with it. Many of their customs have no bearing on their religion/way of life and have come about because no one challenged what different mullahs instituted over the centuries. They need to adjust to the world as it is, not the world needs to adjust to their ancient and insane interpretations of their religion.
Let them continue to render havoc such as the slaughter of innocents and pretty soon, there will be another Crusades.

Beverly Fletcher

This Christian thinks it’s fine for people to be angry when their or my beliefs are mocked - and that anger does not justify murdering anyone.

Kathleen Bidney

Hi Kristi,
What happen in France is horrible and unjustifiable. There are many good comments by your readers. There are fanatics everywhere and they are not just religious ones but right wing and left wing ones. The world is in a very uncompromising place right now. Everyone is for himself/herself and not thinking about “love your neighbor as yourself and love God with all your heart soul and mind”.that is a Christian concept but a good one. There is no justification for taking someone’s life. We have seen too much of that in the US lately.
The world is in a shambles, with the Covid and the lockdowns, people losing jobs, not being able to pay rent, buy food, etc. People are at wits end.then here we are in the US also dealing with the election.
The world/people are very fragile right now. I don’t have an answer but I pray that all will normalize, whatever normal is. We need to have Peace throughout the world. Is that unattainable? Is that a dream? Most likel’y 😕
Peace, Kathleen

L.A

Deport them, they are not fit to live amongst the civilized French. They are NWO invaders.

Leslie NYC

Le coeur voyage à Nice aujourd’hui.

Norma

Thank you Suzanne. Well said, as well as so many other posts here.

Norma

Thank you for posting and addressing this. There is no room for violence anywhere in the world and yet it continues and worsens. Violence in the name of religion sickens me. Unstable people with access to weapons is a bad recipe for disaster. Live on France. I still love you.

Maggie Grace

We certainly would not behead people over it. We Christians have had to see "art" work of Christ peeing, copulating and other disgusting things and we aren't allowed to even protest it because the artists have free speech and we have to accept it. Charlie Hebdo was warning about this. They were not mocking Islam, they were making it crystal clear what radical Islam is.

Alice Shupe

I believe it is Armand Gamache, a fictional character in Louise Penny's novels, that suggests those three questions be asked before speaking. (Maybe others have said it as well.) There is great wisdom in those questions, regardless of religious, political, racial or cultural differences. And it applies to our actions as well. Our freedoms are to be defended but also exercised with wisdom, charity and responsibility.

Alice Shupe

Amen to that, Deborah!

Christine Kelly

J'adore les libres de Louise Penny! I wish inspector Gamache was real!

Joan  L.

Well said....

Bill

No need to speculate . . . this is how French Catholics reacted to an offense to their religion (more controversial than a mere cartoon):

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/18/andres-serrano-piss-christ-destroyed-christian-protesters

Cindy

Bon Courage Kristi 🇫🇷

Jan

This violent response was obviously inexcusable and disproportionate to what was said. I am personally tired of having to be so careful about what you say and who might be offended. Where do we draw the line for freedom of speech?

Robert Becherer

John:

We Christians regularly see profane gestures against our religion. Statues of Christ on the cross and of the Virgin have been shown throughout the world being urinated upon. We hope to forgive; we hope to educate; we hope not to kill. There are no excuses. Universal humanism must be embraced by all.

Karla

If it is NOT an act representing the Muslim Religion,, when can we expect to hear from the mullahs and imams throughout the world, condemning these terrorist acts?

K. J. Laramie

Dearest Insightful Kristi,

Your questions regarding Communication are so thought-provoking. And needed!
Years ago, standing outside La Sainte Chapelle innocently talking about our tickets, the Frenchman behind us must have overheard our American accents. He sneered with disgust and gritted the words, “You like George Bush, don’t you?” We were shocked and so were the people from Toulouse standing behind him who felt the need to apologize for him! What causes such vitriol? Words and images, no doubt. Words have more power than a gun. (Are we not campaigning against bullying on the Internet?) And pictures communicate a thousand times greater an instant impression. I am an artist, and, of course, relish freedom of expression, but when art is mostly made to insult, stir up, and create mass anguish, a line must be drawn.
When I was a child, transistor radios were a new hand-held invention, and so was the 10-inch TV. If our President at the time (Eisenhower) who had just traded in his combat boots for the White House, had any notion these would become highly effective means of weaponry to fester fear, incite riots and war, or to motivate terrorists, what would he have said? What would he have said about intentionally ‘poking the bull’ in Parisian cartoons?
Discrimination, discretion, respect for all, and most importantly, love one another!
Blessed are the Peacemakers.
My heart goes out to all of France and the whole world. ❤️🙏❤️

Robert Curran

For example, no violence in the Crusades or the Inquisition?

Hélène Johnson

Bonjour John,
Christians have LONG been subjected to ridicule and mean-spirited criticism. Consider "art" work where the Blessed Mother is smeared in feces. Consider a crucifix submerged in a jar of urine, also passed off as "art". Your criticism of nonchalant is truly ill-founded. If you are not a Christian, then you have not experienced these things and so do not know first hand.
We have rights to freedom of speech; but does that mean that we must exercise them without the filters of any love of neighbor? The failure goes back to how we are raising the young, in my opinion. Respect is dying; selfishness is becoming exponential. I think Charlie Hebdo was mean-spirited and I would never stoop to such vile satire, but the reality is that free speech must remain.
A quote I learned in French class in high school, from Voltaire: Je n'approuve pas un seul mot ce que vous dites, mais je defenderai jusque a la morte votre droit de le dire.
Peace.

Hélène Johnson

Apples for apples, Robert. The violence of the Crusades was on both sides. The Inquisition was condemned by the Church. We're talking about now. Is it right for terrorists to behead now because of history from 1095-1492? Do they get a pass? It's OK?

Jeanine Woods

There are many good and heartfelt comments to your post Kristi and I echo many of them. My heart goes out to La France for this despicable and inexcusable act of violence. Je prie pour ton paye. Bon courage.

Andrea Hughes

I agree with you, Edward!! In today's world, that is probably the case. Unfortunately, religions have, throughout the history of mankind, taken turns launching violent campaigns against "infidels", non-believers. It's about accruing power and influence and dominance. It's seems to be the nature of humans.
Is a cartoon depicting a spiritual perhaps offensive? Yes. Does it require such a violent response to make your point? No.
Our world is hyper-sensitive to offenses! I'm not sure when this occurred or what to do about it, other than to treat others the way you want to be treated on a one-on-one basis. Start with your neighbors, fellow shoppers, those you encounter wherever you are. It's worth a try!

Conadette

There have been LOTTTTS of defaming plays, paintings, performances, and movies over many years and continue to this day.......the difference is we Christians kill the offending person or person and especially don't behead a person for defaming our Christ!

Conadette


OOOPS...typo.....should be NOT KILL the offending person.....

Pauline

Absolutely! Christians are being killed in Europe, North Africa, various countries south of the Sahara, the middle east and elsewhere awful ...

A film I like, some believed it was blasphemous, 'The life of Brian' BUT I have not heard of anyone killed for their association with it.

French people CANNOT be blamed for this terrorism - we sympathise and support nos amis les Francais!

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