Thursday, May 14, 2015


I perfectly understand that a believer can be shocked by a satirical cartoon about Muhammad, Jesus, Moses or even the pope.  But growing up to be a citizen is to learn that some ideas, some words, some images can be shocking.  Being shocked is a part of democratic debate.  Being shot is not.

-- Charlie Hebdo editor Girard Biard accepting a Freedom of Expression Courage Award at the PEN American Center in New York City, 5 May 2015

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