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Charlie Hebdo and the Onion

News today that the killers are finally going to trial.


The recent post about the resurfaced Onion cartoon from 2015 didn’t understand the context. Maybe discussion in the comments led to understanding but I didn’t read the later comments.

I initially found the cartoon shocking and distasteful as many here did. But I’d forgotten the context until another Oppo reminded me. The Onion wasn’t trying to be funny. It was making an important statement in support of freedom and democracy and against extremism and fundamentalism.


I really didn’t need to see the graphic detail in the cartoon but I support the cartoon and the Onion in publishing it. Children seeing it or not. Discussion of the dangers of extremism would be good for them too.

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