a tribute cartoon for Charlie Hebdo and victims of the Paris shooting

"For Charlie Hebdo" cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

“For Charlie Hebdo” cartoon by nakedpastor David Hayward

At least 12 people have been killed at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine building in Paris, France today. Two of them were police officers. More here.

It has been said that the pen is mightier than the sword.

It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

The power of art is profound. It can inspire anything from charity to outrage.

I’m aware of the risks of being a satirical cartoonists. I’ve certainly lost friends and respect. My wife has been in tears over some of the hate mail I’ve received from crazy people. However, I haven’t lost life or limb. There are consequences to this art form. But today’s is insane and severe.

My condolences to my fellow satirists at Charlie Hebdo.

[Prints of this cartoon available here.]

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4 Responses

  1. Sabio Lantz says:

    Wow — I had not heard about this.
    What will the French do with this?
    The critical question is what will French Muslims do with this? My guess: probably next to nothing.
    Terrorists succeed when good people are frightened and immobilized.

    David, you gotten threats from wacko Christians, right? Well, maybe not “wacko”, just Bible-believing, God-fearing Christians — but then, they ARE wacko.

    You artists who push again the religious, are brave and underpaid. Thank you kindly.
    A fine tribute to the French artists. What a horrible, horrible loss.

    There needs to be action.
    People can’t hide and hope if they are polite it won’t happen.
    Trusting on the police state to keep them safe is a mistake too, I think.

    Dare to risk any solutions, David. Hard to when “politically correct” looms.

    I am glad you artists ignore politically correct but today I lament for you all.

  2. Sabio Lantz says:

    BTW, the Charlie Hebdo site is down. Is the company hosting their site scared?

    One community solution: Call out anyone who declares anything as “sacred” — nothing is sacred: no god, no book, no image, nothing ! Let others know that regarding something as sacred is a sin against humanity.

  3. Caryn LeMur says:

    Horrible news! Our hearts go out to the slain and their families. My great hope is that one day, the Muslim believers will hear the words of the prophet Jesus – the heart is what matters. The teachings of the prophet Mohammed should be understood in light of the succession of prophetic teachings from the prophets.

    In my mind, the Jihad of the Heart is inward, and teaches us to ask our God for forgiveness for ourselves, and the ability to forgive our fellow men and women.

  4. miche says:

    Very tragic! It must be very upsetting to receive even hate mail especially anonymously; I can understand your wife’s reaction. I cannot begin to fathom the sorrow felt by the loved ones of these poor folks. Lord have mercy.