Statements on the Paris terror attacks

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UPDATE 2: A second statement from Bishop Whalon – see below.

UPDATE: The Archbishop of Canterbury has a statement – see below.

Terrorists attacked the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killing several members of the staff. The dean of the American Cathedral in Paris and Bishop Whalon of The Episcopal Church in Europe have issued statements.

From the Cathedral dean:

January 7, 2015

Dear members and friends of the Cathedral,

We are all in shock and grief following today’s brutal shootings at Charlie Hebdo. I do want you to know that everything is normal here at the Cathedral, although we are of course on the alert.

I think the most important thing for all of us to do right now is to pray. Pray for the victims and their families. Pray for peace and justice, here and around the world. Pray for this city, that the perpetrators may be found and stopped, and for an end to this hatred and violence. And most especially, please pray for those whose hatred is so overwhelming that this kind of action is possible.

Pray that we may not react with hatred ourselves.

Yours in Christ,

Lucinda Laird, Dean and Rector

From The Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon via his Facebook page:

The New York Times has an article on the attack.

UPDATE: A statement from The Archbishop of Canterbury.

UPDATE 2: A statement from Bishop Pierre Whalon of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.

Receiving less attention is an explosion yesterday outside a building near the offices of the NAACP in Colorado Springs. The FBI is investigating. CNN has a report.

Posted by John B. Chilton, last updated 2:18 PM January 8, 2015.

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Rod Gillis
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Rod Gillis

The journalists/cartoonists/satirists at Charlie Hebdo published without fear or favor and with great courage. No politcal or religious person or subject was off limits. One wishes that with similar courage religious leaders of all types would stand for freedom of expression. Indeed, one wishes that major corporate media in western countries, including here in North America, would stand for freedom of expression with Charlie Hebdo. Such is not the case, as we have seen in more than one instance. Tonight many folks on the streets in France and elsewhere are proclaiming <>, but in the case of corporate media both private and public, and religion as well, the slogan is more likely <>. If you love your freedom, thank a writer.

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Rod Gillis
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ok, your program didn't like the French text, so here goes again, with translation;

The journalists/cartoonists/satirists at Charlie Hebdo published without fear or favor and with great courage. No politcal or religious person or subject was off limits. One wishes that with similar courage religious leaders of all types would stand for freedom of expression. Indeed, one wishes that major corporate media in western countries, including here in North America, would stand for freedom of expression with Charlie Hebdo. Such is not the case, as we have seen in more than one instance. Tonight many folks on the streets in France and elsewhere are proclaiming , "I am Charlie Hebdo" but in the case of corporate media both private and public, and religion as well, the slogan is more likely "I am not Charlie Hebdo". If you love your freedom, thank a writer.

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I seem to recall that Ann Fontaine and possibly other of the news bloggers have posted things from Kelvin Holdsworth's blog. Here's his take on these events:
http://thurible.net/2015/01/07/for-the-cartoonists/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thurible+%28thurible.net%29

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