The attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris is an attack on free thought everywhere

BelowBostonBlog would like to take this time to send sincere sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims of the attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo in Paris today.

As has been reported, the publication had been threatened previously for its sometimes use of cartoons pertaining to the prophet Mohammed. According to reports, some employees, and the office site, had been given police protection because of the threats made against Charlie Hebdo.

This attack comes in the wake of the hacking of Sony Corporation ostensibly because of the film “The Interview”[ in which Sony was the distributor];  the story line makes fun of the North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un. Sony made the decision to not distribute the film, although it now can be viewed online for a fee. According to reports, it has now passed $31 million dollars in online sales.

On January 5th 2015 ,an ELECTED  county council official in Frederick County Maryland, USA, by the name of Kirby Delauter, used his Facebook page to threaten a reporter for even DARING to use his name without his authorization.

See that story here http://www.mrmediatraining.com/2015/01/06/elected-official-ill-sue-you-if-you-publish-my-name/

All of this is chilling for people around the world.

The freedom to express oneself through writing, art, film, music, cartoons, all types of media, is fundamentally democratic [small d] and helps strengthen society – allowing us ‘freedom from fear’ as FDR once famously put it.

To push out the darkness, show your support for Charlie Hedbo, see “The Interview”, and say that ELECTED official’s name out loud and in a blog or Facebook post: Kirby Delauter.

By doing so, you will have shown everyone that you stand on the side of freedom of expression.

 

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3 Responses to The attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris is an attack on free thought everywhere

  1. Susan Haley says:

    I want to add something here.Especially on this day. Our daughter had given us the DVD of ‘The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming” knowing it was one of top 3 of our all-time favorite comedies.

    Made in 1965, after the Cuban Missile crisis, during the days when school kids were still told to duck and cover for drills, that school basements could be used as bomb shelters.

    FEAR was the constant. FEAR.

    Then along came a movie which made us laugh at panic, giggle at fear, sympathize with those who feared starting a war or who would most probaly be imprisoned. We saw each other’s humanity in that film. Great characters, great lines, great overall story. We have to stop being afraid and intimidated – the world has the potential to be a BEAUTIFUL place. Let’s work toward that. Je Suis Charlie Hedbo tonight!

  2. Janet Alfieri says:

    As a former writer of a comic strip, I know the kind of angry reaction humor sometimes gets. Part of being funny is being irreverent . . . poking the pompous and those who take themselves too seriously. Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman once said: “If the establishment had a sense of humor, they would die laughing.” Unfortunately, they don’t and instead they kill people . . . especially people who expose their delusions of grandeur. I saw a cartoon today. The Charlie Hedbo victims were walking up to the gates of heaven and Jesus is standing there. He looks annoyed and says, “Oh shit, not those guys!” It made me laugh a bit . . . at a time when I felt heartsick. That’s what the best cartoonists can do. We need more of that and less of the insanity that brings only darkness.

  3. Janet Alfieri says:

    I will certainly show support for Charlie Hedbo . . . and I will write Kirby Delauter’s name because Kirby Delauter, an elected representative, says we need Kirby Delauter’s permission to use the name Kirby Delauter in print. Tough luck, Kirby Delauter . . . but, please, please don’t make me watch The Interview movie. It looks really stupid and hideous. :) Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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