I am a staunch defender of free speech. As a consequence of the ministry I work for I am probably more of a defender of freedom of expression than most. But I am no Charlie Hedbo.
All this jumping on Charlie Thebod's bandwagon reminds me of what Paul said in Romans 1, “They invent ways of doing evil…” and “...they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
When there is a sudden and bloody mayhem the automatic response is for the body to start pumping adrenalin. My mind goes into overdrive. As a Christian I struggle to come to grips with my own feelings surrounding these tragic events. The taking of life, any life, is a tragedy. As long as there is life there is hope. Should I mourn the loss of these retched souls any more than the millions of lost who die every day?
CAUTION: If you are looking for samples of Charlie Hedbo's cartoons on-line they are extremely offensive/pornographic.
PS One incidental thought... A distinction between Islam and Christianity; my God does not need defending - He defends me!