We will always battle those who hate truth, and those who hate truth will always try to extinguish it. It is incumbent upon those that speak the truth to do so bravely, unabashedly, especially in the face of evil. Truth is what Charlie Hebdo chose. The price was twelve lives.Amen.
My hope is that in their bravery, we find resolve. And in that resolve, we awake to a fresh realization that freedom is never free. Should the day ever arrive, are we willing to pay the price Truth too often requires?
I hope I am.
The outpouring of support we've been seeing has been downright inspiring, especially that from fellow cartoonists, who but for the grace of God could have been targeted, too. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then more free expression and grief has been put to paper than I have space to write.
From resident Legal Insurrection cartoonist A.F. Branco:
From illustrator Lucille Clerc:
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From The Independent's cartoonist Dave Brown:
From Rob Tornoe (posted on Twitter):
From Satish Acharya (posted on Twitter):
From David Pope (posted on Twitter):
Cartoonists the world over, creating thousands of images in solidarity and protest, unwilling to allow the terrorists to win more than a temporary, fleeting victory.
Amen to that, too.