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Freedom of Speech Is Divine: Westboro Baptist, the Gay Christian Network and Paris

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 03.14.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

God placed humans in the Garden of Eden and gave them the right to agree or disagree. One of the primary ways that we express agreement or disagreement is through speech. The most divine thing that we do on any given day is express who we are and what we believe.

After the Attacks in France, What Next?

Rep. Nita Lowey | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Rep. Nita Lowey

Obviously, this is a decision that only the democratically elected government and people of France can make. That said, as longtime friends of France and the trans-Atlantic partnership, we too have a big stake in where France goes from here. Allow us a few observations.

U.S. Leaders Ditch 'Charlie Hebdo' Rally

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Amanda Botfeld

Following a week of deadly shootings, nearly 4 million people took a stand and marched against terrorism on Sunday, the largest public gathering in France's history. Over 40 of the world's top leaders marched together in solidarity. We should've been there.

White House Falls on Its Sword While Millions Show Unity

Connie Lawn | Posted 03.14.2015 | DC
Connie Lawn

This is a time for courage and unity. It is also a time for symbolism. The White House admits President Obama should have been in that front row of leaders, marching, singing, and waving flags and signs of courage and determination.

Barack Obama, Missing in Action

Sheldon Filger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

The absence of Barack Obama or any other senior official from his administration on January 11 in Paris is so inexplicable, even the president's most steadfast defenders are aghast. What rationale can possibly be proffered in defense of so counter-intuitive a non-action?

Letters to Hadley: Little Things

Liz Olson | Posted 03.14.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

My favorite little things are these: The way your sweaty skin feels right after you wake up from a nap, the way your little kid breath smells when you come in close for a nose kiss, the way you inspect my whole face -- pushing on my nose, noticing everything with your curious eyes.

The Real War Is the Ideological One

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Whenever violent acts take place, the natural response is the need to obliterate the group or militias behind it militarily.

Je Suis Charlie? For an American Family in Paris, No Easy Answers

Paige Bradley Frost | Posted 03.14.2015 | Parents
Paige Bradley Frost

To watch it unfold on TV was to see it as a war zone; to be here in Paris was to know true fear and mistrust. It was visible in the averted gazes of Parisians; it was palpable on the Metro and on the streets as gendarmes descended by the busload.

Terrorists 'Pretend To Be Muslims', Says Murdered Police Officer's Brother

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

The brother of the police officer murdered by the terrorists who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices has called them "pretend" Muslims. Ahmed Merabe...

Charlie Would Have Laughed

Sacha Z. Scoblic | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Sacha Z. Scoblic

It struck me as a good argument. We were talking about poetry. We were talking and laughing about poetry and irony, and the woman had silenced us because she found us offensive. Waves of meta-meanings momentarily paralyzed my brain. Was it too soon to laugh?

Will the Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack Kill Intelligence Reform in the United States?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Just as the gruesome beheadings in Syria rallied a once war-weary public to support the deployment of US troops in both Iraq and Syria, the brutal assault at Charlie Hebdo could have the effect of convincing more Americans that US intelligence should keep the power they have in order to detect a similar act of violence.

Europe in the Wake of the Paris Terrorism

Nicole Scobie | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Nicole Scobie

When I see the photo of all the people gathered in Paris holding their "Je suis Charlie" signs, I feel that it's going to be ok. There have always been some crazy people who want to only cause destruction and pain. The only way to win is to stand up.

Not in My France

Lisa Stadnyk-Webb | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
Lisa Stadnyk-Webb

As our plane touched down in Paris, I had a different feeling than I usually do. Normally, I'm excited to be in the city that I love so much, but today felt different. The gunmen had just been apprehended, but the general feeling was obviously still tense, with heightened security. I still couldn't believe it. Not in my France.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 03.12.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week all eyes were on Paris as the murderous shooting at the offices of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 dead, culminated in two simultaneous hostage crises in which the Hedbo attackers and four hostages were killed. These heinous attacks were, in essence, aimed at tolerance, openness, dialogue, and diversity -- and are more a test of our commitment to our most bedrock principles than a test of our security capabilities. The way to pass this test is by refusing to compromise those core values. I'd also like to salute our colleagues at Le Huffington Post in Paris, who did a stellar job covering the tragic and rapidly shifting story. It's been a grim few days, but as today's march of solidarity in Paris will no doubt show, what unites us is much more powerful than the forces of division and intolerance.

To Mourn Charlie Hebdo, Stop Making Excuses for Terrorism

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

In summary, if our hearts truly bleed for the dead in Paris, then let's stop throwing out platitudes and flawed logical explanations for the slaughter and instead address the serious problem that the attacks represent -- pure, unrelenting, and unmitigated evil that must be destroyed.

A Silver Lining for Charlie Hebdo

Swara Salih | Posted 03.12.2015 | World
Swara Salih

You can see clearly here at least one area where the attackers failed -- instead of dividing different groups of people, they indirectly united them in their condemnation of the horrific assault.

France Works To Avert New Terror Attacks

AP | SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 03.12.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) -- France's government urged the nation to remain vigilant Saturday, as thousands of security forces try to thwart new attacks and hunt dow...

#JeSuisCharlie? No, I'm Not Charlie Hebdo: Here's Why

Sandip Roy | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Sandip Roy

Nothing -- no cartoon, no book, no song -- justifies the kind of shooting rampage that happened in Paris. As Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam of Drancy mosque in Paris says, "These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their souls to hell."

Charlie Hebdo -- More Than a Deadly Assault on Speech

Joyce S. Dubensky | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Joyce S. Dubensky

As the freedom to say what you think -- even when it is offensive and horrifies others -- is chilled, we lose more than our right to speak our minds.

I Stand With Charlie Hebdo, But I Also Stand With the Victims of Our Bombs

Matthew Hoh | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

To believe that the attack in Paris was a tragedy singularly about a cartoon or as an event solely to be defined as an assault on freedom of expression, is to be daft and incongruent with the history and reality of American and Western policy in the Middle East.

Interfaith Friendship Is the Boldest Way to Defy Extremists

Charlotte Dando | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Charlotte Dando

Given the news headlines week-in, week-out, interfaith and intercultural relations ought surely to be a priority. Yet we struggle to find funding and support.

All Mainstream Media Must Publish the Charlie Hebdo Cartoons

Robin Koerner | Posted 03.11.2015 | Media
Robin Koerner

To all those media outlets who have convinced themselves that they don't need to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Mohammed in reporting the recent events in Paris: you are profoundly wrong.

Gunman Kills 4 In Kosher Market Attack In Paris

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

Four people were shot and killed during a siege at a kosher market in Paris on Friday. A prosecutor in Paris told the Associated Press the gunman ...

Avenging the Prophet Who Banned Revenges

Abdul Malik Mujahid | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Abdul Malik Mujahid

This is not love. This is hate. The Prophet would be horrified at what is being done in his name to avenge disrespect to his honor.

Getting Real About Blasphemy and Free Speech

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 03.11.2015 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

As much as I empathize with the average Muslims facing growing Islamophobia in the West, I must ask their leaders to get real and reject Blasphemy laws as un-Islamic. As much as I respect someone's right to free speech, I must question their judgment and expose their double standard.