More than 1 million people marched in Paris on Sunday to show solidarity against terrorism. Comments from Facebook are edited for clarity and grammar:.
We will stand together: the world vs. These terrorists. We will not allow them to take our freedom of religion, speech or any freedom we possess. The world is becoming stronger as these terrorists create more chaos. They are bringing us together.
— Bryan Sackmann.
Talk is cheap and goes hand in hand with appeasement. We’ll have to see if the world leaders who attended the rally are committed enough to take difficult steps to protect their citizens.
— Rich Charts.
All the Muslims I know denounce violence and think the attacks in Paris are horrific and unjustified. The terrorists who committed these acts of human aggression should be brought to justice swiftly. For those who ask, why aren’t Muslims speaking out against terrorism? We are. We are soundly against the small population in our religion who are radical and dangerous. These radical Muslims do not represent true Islam. The attacks are the work of evil people who teach hate.
— Shad Fred-Hampton El-Savor.
Freedom of religion. Freedom of speech. Freedom of expression. These will never be taken from us. We will stand tall and strong as a unified world against these murdering thugs.
— Bryan Sackmann.
Letters to the editor:.
Your editorial “Paris slaughter can’t silence free expression: Our view” mirrors my view regarding the tragic murders of 12 people at Charlie Hebdo. The back page also included cartoons commenting on the horrific incident.
However, glaringly missing was a cartoon depicting the prophet Mohammed. Did USA TODAY not have the guts to print one?
A cartoon depicting Mohammed with a tear rolling down his face and saying something like, “This is not what I taught you,” would have been appropriate and would not paint the prophet in a negative light.
Contrary to the editorial’s headline, it appears free expression has indeed been silenced in this case.
Mark Harman; Ridgeland, S.C.
The attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo engendered passionate discussion on the importance of a free press. But the incident raises a question: Just because journalists can publish provocative and outrageous things, does it mean they should?
The Founding Fathers saw the ability to publish one’s views as a natural right, and they considered a free press a means of ensuring justice in government.
Their intent was never to defend one’s right to publish puerile trash such as the cartoons that apparently incited the massacre in Paris.
Freedom of the press is a bedrock principle of democracy, but journalists who take that freedom as a license to incite and inflame for a few cheap laughs embarrass and denigrate their profession.
Larry Stone; Endwell, N.Y.