Amid the tsunami of affirmations – from left, right and wherever else – of freedom of speech, I have been searching. Did Charlie Hebdo ever lampoon freedom of speech? Did they ever lampoon the right to insult? Charlie Hebdo is now world famous for the attack a couple of days ago that left its editor dead, along with France’s leading cartoonists and many others. Report after report states that Charlie Hebdo held nothing sacred, attacking the birth of Jesus, the Roman Catholic Church, Jewish rabbis, Islam and Mohammed, as well as political leaders and holders of power the world over. Left-wing they felt themselves to be, mocking the antics of the far right.
But I have yet to find out if they lampooned the most sacred cow of all: freedom of speech.