The shooting in France happened a half a world away but we should all be very disturbed by it.
The shooting appears to be an attack on what we would call a “snarky” magazine that made fun of religions, all religions.
I don’t for one instant support anything the Ku Klux Klan stands for, but I am eternally grateful I live in a country where members of the Klan are free to say what they think. I consider myself a Christian but I am forever thankful that atheists are free to challenge, in our courts, attempts to bind government to religion.
The freedom to think, write and stand up for what we believe is at the very core of a humane society that honors the soul of each and every person.
I hope the same people who were outraged by the attempt to squash a Hollywood movie that took pot shots at a North Korean dictator will more than take note of what happened in Paris.
If you want a taste of true terror, try living under a government that attempts to control not only what you say, but what you think.
What do you think?
Absolutely correctomundo Jane! However, what do we do to diminish these actions and threats? Over the last 14+ years what have we gained by throwing $2-3 trillion and young American, as well as countless civilian, lives at the problem? About as much as throwing $100 billion annualyy to inderdict perhaps 10% of the illegal drugs that come into this country. Who was it who said that the definition of insanity was countinuing to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different outcome? A wise man and probably a woman! This country is starved for someone in leadership to not only recognize these solutions are not working, and they certainly do BUT to have the courage ( actually I was thinking of another synonym but it was too gender specific to use in mixed company) to do what needs to be done. Leaving the drug question aside, we need to develop a much more coordinated plan of action to do more to develop the hearts and minds of the young in Islam. We cannot continue to address it militarily. It doesn’t work folks!
Dwight, thank you for your thoughts, appreciate your time.
My thoughts are that we should value all life. Murder of Muslims and Palestine’s are equal to our lives in the big scheme of things. We need to stop these endless wars. At least stop supporting them.
That would be nice Carolyn, thank you.
My gosh yes. I hate the Klan and all they stand for. But anyone should be free to say what they think. I am afraid that I see my America vanishing before my eyes. Criticize my God, and I’ll defend your right to do so. He will rise like truth. It was for freedom that we have been set free. No despot, Korean dictator, nor ISIS/Al Queda, or any other faction within our nation should be able to quench the expression of ideas.
Thanks for the thoughts Scott, truly appreciate it.
I lived as an American military member for four years in a country with a dictator and people who weren’t allowed to speak freely. I saw people arrested and taken to jail simply for questioning the governments policies about any subject. It is truly an eye opening feeling to not be able to speak your mind even as a American in that situation.
Thank you Hal, truly appreciate your thoughts and taking time to comment. Best, jane
Let Freedom reign!