The people at the French satirical magazine who were killed were people much like friends of mine, many of whose works appear on Facebook as well as in many other places. The magazine reminds me of the East Village Other, a satirical and anti-establishment underground paper (famous, probably most people know of it).
Cartoonists and satirical writers, for that matter,think differently from other people in many ways. I probably wouldn't draw a picture that would get me killed. But, like most of the cartoonists it's been my privilege to know in this life, there is nothing that will stop them from drawing and publishing what matters to them, and I admire that.
We must all stand with the people of France and the world leaders (sadly not John Kerry, who probably should have been there if Pres Obama felt he could not go, but glad Eric Holder was there) and those many, many others who say, "I refuse to be afraid!!"
This has nothing to do with my support in the past for the Muslim people who were being harassed in every possible way, yet had nothing to do with 9/11. I feel it must be awful to be aligned in people's minds with those terrorist acts. But I hope that Muslims as well as others will refuse, as they did in Paris yesterday, to allow the Fundamentalists-- of which we have plenty, also, in some Christian churches and other places-- to run their lives.
VIVE LA FRANCE!
-- Ladybelle (Isabella Fiske McFarlin)'
This is my opinion and not that of anyone else at Quarry Hill who does not state their agreement. I can't keep quiet. But no one else is responsible for these words.