Am I or am I not Charlie?

Am I or am I not Charlie?

The attack on the personnel of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris evoked a strong response from proponents of free speech in many democratic countries. Thousands of people took to the streets and held placards which stated unequivocally “Je suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie.” In my imagination I saw myself holding such a sign. But after some reflection, I asked myself “Am I really Charlie?”

Who should rule the ‘Republic of Imagination’?

Who should rule the ‘Republic of Imagination’?

In the first recorded plea for freedom of expression, the playwright Euripides argued in 460 B.C. that free men deserve to speak freely. It was then, as now, a controversial statement; not everyone agrees that such freedom is in the best interest of the public. Plays about anything? Wouldn’t it be better to showcase stories that support society’s moral codes and political goals? Anything else could be . . . dangerous.

In spite of change

In spite of change

Christmas. Once again Christmas. There is something heartwarming about repeating things on a yearly cycle. And then there are also fears about needing to be fresh about something that is very old. As a homemaker, I have that challenge with recipes and decorating, but pastors have it too with their preaching.