Originally published in Statesman
Re: Jan. 8 article, “One held in deadly raid on Paris satirical paper”
The targeted and horrific attacks at the office of Charlie Hebdo have shocked us all.
No matter how distasteful the satire may be, it does not give anyone the right to kill in retaliation. By committing this heinous crime, the killers have done little to defend the honor of Prophet Muhammad, who is known to only show kindness and love to those who disrespected him.
Freedom of speech is a human right and is necessary for a free society. While our laws protect freedom of speech, I encourage all to utilize this freedom responsibly.