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The gunmen have fled, the city is on high alert and France lost four of it's most famous political commentators. This is an attempt to silence speech by spreading fear, it's what extremists do over and over again. But France isn't letting it happen.


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Kathleen M (210)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 12:31 pm
Signed, shared and noted. Thanks for posting, Lynn.

Ljiljana M (115)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 12:51 pm
Signed > Thank you for taking action! The more of us join in solidarity with the people of France, the stronger our message becomes!
& Thank you Lynn

Lynn Squance (235)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 12:58 pm
From Avaaz:
"Extremist gunmen stormed a magazine office in Paris and slaughtered everyone they saw. Twelve people are dead because of a series of cartoons spoofing the Prophet Mohammed. Cartoons!

The gunmen have fled, the city is on high alert and France lost four of it’s most famous political commentators. This is an attempt to silence speech by spreading fear, it’s what extremists do over and over again.

But France isn’t letting it happen.

They’re taking to the streets and the internet with calls for more free speech, more support for brave journalists and more laughter in the face of fear. We can show them the world stands with them."

From News 1130 in Vancouver BC:

"VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – In the wake of a terror attack on a French satirical newspaper, one local longtime political cartoonist says this tragedy will only inspire cartoonists to carry on with their work.

Bob Krieger, who satirized our politicians for over three decades in The Province newspaper, says this act of terror is devastating, but will only rally those in the trade.

“We do a lot of offensive things — things people find offensive,” Krieger says. “But nobody ever died, nobody ever got hurt by a cartoon. The response to this is more cartoons.”

He has friends in the business in France, and when he heard the news he got in touch.

“I wouldn’t have got into the business if I didn’t think cartoons were important,” Krieger says. “A good cartoon will say as much as a column but at a brief glance, in just a few seconds. Cartoons can be incredibly offensive at times but they never killed anybody.

“The men who did this, the maniacs who did this, they have succeeded in silencing some very brilliant voices, but all they’re going to do is provoke more cartoonists to pick up pens and go after mindless fanaticism and terrorism.”

Krieger says he was touched by one colleague’s response, in which the man said he did not feel hate toward the perpetrators, only sorrow for those killed."

I draw your attention to the last sentence "...he did not feel hate toward the perpetrators, only sorrow for those killed."

And this comment from ShellyinBC in The Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Context and Responses "'...In his lifetime, the Prophet strictly prohibited anyone from harming those who mocked him. Instead, he prayed for them and returned insult with kindness, so much so that some of their children actually decided to join the Prophet. If he were the guest editor for Charlie Hebdo, as fictitiously suggested, the Prophet would have unequivocally decried the bombing but also would have called on citizens of all faiths to make merry by working together, not by making a jest of one another's saints."
There are 1.57 billion Muslims on our earth. Do you actually believe they all follow a religion of 'hate, violence and death.'?

And by the way, did you read about the charges against three right wing militia in Georgia this week? They had been plotting to use explosives to kill police and government agencies. That one didn't make it to mainstream news."

Yvette S (35)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 1:24 pm

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 2:20 pm
Noted and Signed. I wish it wasn't neccassary.
Thank you Lynn

Christeen A (300)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 4:26 pm

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 4:30 pm
signed and noted--thanks Lynn

pam w (139)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 5:00 pm
Of course! If the bastards don't love freedom of speech....SEND THEM TO A MUSLIM COUNTRY.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 5:20 pm
Noted, signed and shared

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 6:06 pm
S+S-thx Lynn

Gloria picchetti (304)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 7:35 pm
I love France and I wish I could live there but I can't even afford to return for another vacation there. Nevertheless I will not sign this petition. It's very, very insensitive to ask for a country that is dealing with so many economic and social issues to spend more money on something you think needs. If you think Paris needs another bridge then send a couple million dollars to that cause or stay out of it's face.

Mary T (356)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 8:21 pm
thank you Lynn - signed, noted & shared

Edith B (146)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 8:52 pm
Noted, signed, and shared on Facebook. Thanks, Lynn.

TomCat S (128)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 9:49 pm
I don't do Avaaz, because of their lack of respect for people's privacy, but I agree in principal.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 10:19 pm
Signed from email. Of course what they are trying to do is to get large numbers of the French to have a knee-jerk reaction of condemning Muslims, because that helps their recruiting. So sad that the cartoonists are basically just pawns to them.
(Apparently one of them had a habit of pushing deadlines, and a tribute cartoon had God telling him "For once you're early." If anyone thinks that is disrespectful, sorry, I don't agree. I think it is a heartfelt tribute)

Jim Phillips (3247)
Thursday January 8, 2015, 10:44 pm
AVAAZ petition already signed and have been promoting and posting this petition in
various C2 articles.

Thanks, Lynn for the AVAAZ petition.


P A (117)
Friday January 9, 2015, 12:00 am
Thanks Lynn - and this sentence in your post at Thursday January 8, 2015, 12:58 pm particularly resonates with me " "...he did not feel hate toward the perpetrators, only sorrow for those killed." " .

Judy C (91)
Friday January 9, 2015, 12:05 am
This event is just incredibly sad. You know, one of the murdered men was a janitor. Signed. Thanks Lynn.

Tanya W (65)
Friday January 9, 2015, 1:01 am
Noted and signed. May the whole world stand together in solidarity against tertorismb and freedom of speech - way of life!!! Viva La France and all her beautiful citizens... Bless you and RIP souls who have fallen...

Giana P (398)
Friday January 9, 2015, 1:26 am
Noted and signed, they are getting what they asked for by ignoring all the signals. I hope they learn something from this. Europe has to learn that the threat is real and very serious. We have learned it here in Israel for sure. Thanks Lynn.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday January 9, 2015, 1:41 am
Signed from the link Jim Posted Thanks Lynn

Darlene W (289)
Friday January 9, 2015, 4:05 am
Noted and signed--thank you and bless all who care.

. (0)
Friday January 9, 2015, 5:05 am

Terrie Williams (798)
Friday January 9, 2015, 6:24 am
Thank you for taking action! SSN

Sheryl G (359)
Friday January 9, 2015, 6:26 am
Already signed from Jim leaving it on a story of mine. I understand what you say Gloria, and they certainly don't have to build a bridge, but it would be a wonderful thing if this could be done. Perhaps if enough people are for it that more well to do private funders could be found to help offset the cost or cover it entirely.

Carol Bischoff (409)
Friday January 9, 2015, 6:53 am
Noted and signed. Thank you Lynn

JL A (281)
Friday January 9, 2015, 7:43 am
s&n;; thanks for posting Lynn

Animae C (507)
Friday January 9, 2015, 8:14 am

i think Gloria has misunderstood the meaning of 'bridge', it's not a real one as in over the river,
it's a 'bridge of hope' we're signing for here.

Je Suis Charlie

T.Y. Lynn

Chris C (152)
Friday January 9, 2015, 10:55 am
S & N

M B (62)
Friday January 9, 2015, 11:41 am
signed, thanks Lynn

Kit B (276)
Friday January 9, 2015, 12:00 pm

Signed and Shared - thanks Lynn.

~~~ Je Suis Charlie~~~


Gene J (286)
Friday January 9, 2015, 12:11 pm
Supported but not signed, I feel as TomCat about the privacy protections,or lack thereof of AVAAZ and more than a few otherwise places whose causes I support but whose policies I do not.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 9, 2015, 12:30 pm
I will not sign either.
At first I agree with Gloria. Then, the only bridge for me is a different policy from the "first world" countries.
When you keep on not respecting and take advantage of the "third world" countries, what kind of bridge and words and wishes you think are going to help?
No, I'm not afraid to die by "terrorists" and I feel so sorry for what happened. But I wonder who spread fear....and who is gonna control our lives because of these "terrorists"....

Janis K (129)
Friday January 9, 2015, 1:16 pm
Thanks for sharing.Signed

caroline lord (0)
Friday January 9, 2015, 1:24 pm
thank you Lyn,signed & shared

Lona G (66)
Friday January 9, 2015, 6:31 pm
S&N Thanks for posting, Lynn

Sherri G (128)
Friday January 9, 2015, 7:40 pm
Signed, twittered, Facebook, and Noted, Thanks Lynn

Marianne B (107)
Friday January 9, 2015, 8:39 pm
s. & n. thanks

Stan B (123)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 12:51 am
Signed of course but all the petitions in the world, all the candlelight vigils and all the Je suis Charlies aren't going to make the slightest difference.
The free world needs to tackle the problem of radical Islam head on. . If it men's making some unpopular decisions so be it. It's either them or us. The days of political correctness are over.

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:15 am
noted, signed, shared on fb, twitter, g+, thx.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:34 am
Arab world reacts to Charlie hebdo magazine attack

Vivien Green (153)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:43 am

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:45 am
No excuse for killing. Killing one person is like killing all humans. This is what Islam educates his followers. Who committed this crimes can' be Muslims. They are terrorists hiding under an Islamic garment and must be punished severely not only for the killing but also for damaging the image of Islam

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:53 am
I have signed the petition but you may agree with me that although I support freedom of expression yet respecting other people's beliefs and faith must be strictly observed.One is free to do whatever he wants shouldn't he hurt or harm others.Freedom is not limitless . Everything has a limit. Respecting each others is a value that all humans must stick to.

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 7:39 am

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:05 pm
Further to Abdessalam's comment of 10 Jan 15 @ 4:53, here is a link to Canada's English CBC's short video Why not publish Prophet Muhammad caricatures? .

The central tenet of the CBC's decision not to show the Charlie Hebdo cartoons is respect. David Studer articulates that the decision is not based on the actual content of the cartoons, but based on the fact that they exist in contradiction of their belief.

Some have remarked that Christians don't get upset about images of their deity, God and Jesus, the human representation of God. And that is true. However, look to the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) and the 3rd commandment is: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image". The Israelites were specifically commanded not to make or worship images of God. And Christianity has its roots in Judaism. Although many, maybe even most, Jews tended to ignore this commandment, and certainly Christianity has ignored it when it comes to God and Jesus, that is our choice.

Out of respect for another's religion, we should not be depicting the Prophet Muhammad. How much of the current troubles in France etc could be lessened with a show of respect?

I believe in standing with the French people against these murders. It is a travesty that should never have happened. But I also believe in respect.

Stan B (123)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:50 pm
I disagree Lynn. If they weren't killing because of cartoons they'd be killing for some other reason. Failure to understand this is what has emboldened radical Islamists.

Kerstin Strobl (123)
Sunday January 11, 2015, 3:03 am

Mitchell D (82)
Monday January 12, 2015, 8:44 am
So sad!
Obsessive religious zealots, of ANY stripe, are sick bastards!

Lady Suki (446)
Tuesday January 13, 2015, 8:31 am

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 17, 2015, 3:12 pm
I agree with so many things said here. And some people have made very clear points, adding to understanding - while some just love to grasp the chance for Muslim-bashing.

I particularly appreciate Lynn & Adessalam's comments about respect - and the link to the CBC video.
I do not believe it is necessary to offend core values of any religious group in order to pass a message in satiric form. Many of CH's cartoon where they portrayed the Prophet ... more specifically his face ... could have passed the same message without showing the face at all ... e.g. the execution one, with the Prophet calling "but I AM the Prophet" ... I suspect that this could have gone viral around the Arab world for its criticism of ISIS not representing Islam .... had the caricatural picture of the Prophet not been made so central. It wasn't necessary - and actually diminished the value of the cartoon.

But CH insisted on portrayal of the face - although this really added nothing to the messages. And they continue to do so. To me, this is also obsessive ...

Fanatics, of any stripe - religious, political .... - leave no space for discussion, tolerance and understanding. It doesn't take much to swing them over the edge into violent action, especially those fanatics who are mentally unstable .. and those driven by personal tendancy towards hate.

A bridge of peace was being built ... unfortunately, there is manipulating of the construction, trying to make the support linked to specific politico-religious interests. This is also sick - because the victims of the Paris killings were Christin, Muslim, atheist, agnostic & Jewish. The hero of the shop was a Muslim Malian.

And one of the survivors stresses tolerance in her comments:

Paris Attacks: Hostage Recalls Thinking 'We're All Going to Die'

"Nhung said that for Coulibaly, "Everything was about being Muslim." But he doesn’t represent the faith, she said.

"I have Muslim friends and I appreciate them. That's deviance. Crazies. They have chosen Islam to create something crazy.

"The lesson is really that extremist religion is fatal. It's almost like we can't believe anymore in religion if it has to be practised like that.""
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