Here is the New Yorker’s reaction to the mass shooting at the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.
And a 2012 quote from Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, who was killed today: “A drawing has never killed anyone.”
And, finally, Salman Rushdie’s statement, via the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog. Bold/linked emphasis is my own:
“Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect.”