I’d rather die standing than live on my knees . . .

Stephane Charbonnier, editorial director of French weekly Charlie Hebdo

Stephane Charbonnier, editorial director of French weekly Charlie Hebdo

“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.

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4 Responses to I’d rather die standing than live on my knees . . .

  1. BriLamberson says:


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  2. Kevin says:

    Powerful Post – Very True

    • aamontgomery says:

      Hey, Kevin!! On of these days we will get together for dinner!! Are you guys free next week or the next?! Thanks ever so much for reading and letting me know what you think about my posts! I wouldn’t have published some of the more provocative things his newspaper printed because that’s not my way of being in the world, but I agree with Charbonnier: I would rather die for what is really important to me than not stand with integrity.

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