I was going to write about Charlie Hebdo, and then I wondered what I could add to the many eloquent words and images created by artists around the world. But I do have some thoughts, and so here they are.
As humans I believe we should be free to worship whomever or whatever we choose – faith is an intensely personal journey.
As writers and artists we should be free to create what comes to us, to use our voices unfettered.
As consumers of said art, if we see something we don’t like we can look away, give a bad review or write a rebuttal. Violence is never the answer.
And I am so very tired of people with guns and knives and bombs using religion as some sort of justification for their terrible actions (a problem not confined to Islam, so please no negative comments).
By their actions, these gunmen have succeeded in disseminating the literature they found so offensive to a far wider audience than it would ever have reached alone, as well as causing further damage to the religion they claim to hold so dear.
There is no action without consequence.