“I am not afraid of retaliation. I have no kids, no wife, no car, no credit. It perhaps sounds pompous, but I prefer to die standing to living on my knees.”
~ Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier
At the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly paper, Charbonnier, nine colleagues, and two police officers were shot and killed yesterday by Muslim extremists. The killings were apparently in retaliation for the paper publishing cartoons of the prophet Mohammed two years ago. Across the world, defenders of free speech are standing with the French and saying, “Je suis Charlie” . . . I am Charlie.
As the Indian movie “PK” so eloquently illustrates, whatever God we worship, He does not need us to stand up on His behalf with misbegotten hatred and killing which only causes grief, violence, and pain. The God worshipped by religions around the world instead asks that we stand up and care for each other. Hatred begets only more hatred.