Millions rally for unity in France

More than three million people have taken part in unity marches across France after 17 people died during three days of deadly attacks in Paris. …

In Madrid, several hundred Muslims held banners saying “Not in our name” next to the train station where in 2004 Islamist bombings killed nearly 200 people. …

… “Our values are liberty, equality and fraternity and we cannot allow terrorists to dictate to us,” …


Paris rally

Everyone, especially Muslims, must condemn terrorism. And work to reduce the number and severity of these incidents.

The right to freedom of expression is recognized as a human right under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

I believe in freedom of speech. Societies should have as few restrictions as possible.

However, every government restricts speech to some degree. Common limitations on speech relate to: libel, slander, obscenity, pornography, sedition, hate speech, incitement, fighting words, classified information, copyright violation, trade secrets, non-disclosure agreements, right to privacy, right to be forgotten, public security, public order, public nuisance, and campaign finance reform.

The magazine Charlie Hebbo seems to try to push many of those limits.

I’ve never read Charlie Hebbo and never will. But I respect their freedom of speech, within the limits of French law.

One last point. Rule of law is even more important to me than freedom of speech. Security of citizens is paramount.


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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