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We are Charlie

David Pope @davpope w

Can’t sleep tonight, thoughts with my French cartooning colleagues, their families and loved ones


On January 7, at 11:30 AM in Paris France, three gunmen ententered the building two doors down from the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a famous French cartoonist office known for stirring lots of emotions with their controversial cartoons.  The men had the wrong address and took a postal worker and another worker hostage and forced them to sit and ask in the building where the office of Charlie Hebdo was.  They went to the correct place and then killed a security officer (a Muslim security officer). 

A Charlie Hebdo female cartoonist, Corinne Rey, was taken hostage and forced to take the three guys to the office of Charlie Hebdo. She tried to take them to the wrong floor but the men caught on and she was forced to take them to the correct floor.  Rey hid under a desk while the men started killing people.  They were about to shoot one woman in the head but told her they would let her live since she was a a woman but that she needed to read the Quran.  The men were screaming “Allahu Akbar” and “You will pay because you insulted the propet” as they shot up people.

In the end, twelve people died and eleven were injured. 

Ruben L. Oppenheimer @RLOppenheimer

Why were these terrorists so angry at the cartoonists that worked at the Charles Hebdo office?
Several of the cartoonists routinely insulted the Islamic fatith by depicting their prophet, Muhammad, in an ulflattering light by making fun of him.  The cartoonists not only targeted the Islamic faith, but also made fun of others such as Jesus and the Pope.  According to cartoonists, everyone was “fair game.” 
 The editor in chief, Stephane Charbonnier said “Muhammad isn’t sacred to me.  I don’t blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings.  I live under French law.  I don’t live under Quarnic law.  I don’t have kids, no wife, no car, no credit.  Maybe it is a little pompous to say but I would rather die standing than live on my knees.”

The Telegraph         @Telegraph
Tomorrow’s Matt cartoon http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/matt/ 

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