Those of us who work in or for, volunteer with, and/or donate to the charity, nonprofit, NGO, or community benefit sector do so to make the world a better place. Sadly, today, our world has been diminished by the murderous attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The terrorists, shouting “Allahu akbar,” killed 12 people including the publication’s editor.
Charlie Hebdo is a satirical, weekly publication. It’s cartoons and articles are often juvenile and tasteless. In the past, the publication has poked fun at Christians, Muslims, government officials, and others. Slate has published an article explaining the magazine’s most controversial religious covers.
While I don’t necessarily agree with everything the magazine has published, I nevertheless recognize that a society can never be truly free without freedom of speech and the press. As a citizen journalist and as someone who has devoted his life to making the world a better place, I stand with my brothers and sisters in France.
With anger, with sadness, with defiance, I proclaim:
Please join me in standing up for freedom. There are many ways you can take action. Here are some of the simplest things you can do:
- Share the link to this post with your friends and colleagues. To do this, you can use the sharing buttons below.
- “Like” this post.
- Comment on this post below.
- Copy and Tweet the above image.
- Post a Tweet or Facebook message with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie.
- Share cover art from Charlie Hebdo by downloading cover images.
- If you have a blog, write an article supporting Charlie Hebdo or publish the above image.
Remember this warning from Edmund Burke:
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men [and women] to do nothing.”
Vive la liberté d’expression et de presse! (Long live freedom of speech and the press!)
That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?