Gunmen in Paris have murdered 12 people today in a pointless, hopeless quest to squelch criticism of Islam. The murders occurred at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly paper that has not shied away from mocking Islam and Muhammad.
This mirrors the 2005 uproar over Danish artists who had the gall to mock Muhammad, leading easily offended theists to murder 50 people.
At Skepchick, we believe in the importance of free expression, which includes both freedom from government censorship and freedom from violence and threat of violence.
Additionally, I personally believe that Islam is as stupid a religion as any other, and as such is a truly fucked up fantasy to kill and die for.
My thoughts are with the families of the satirical martyrs, who, according to the Guardian, include Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier, as well as cartoonists Jean Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac.