Charlie Hebdo, Freedom of Speech and Satire

This is the cover for this week’s Mad Magazine. In it, you have Alfred E. Neuman and the Spy vs. Spy guys holding up a pen with an attached flag that reads “Charlie Hebdo, 1.7.15″. The holding up of the pen pays homage to the photo where American soldiers raised the American flag on the “Sands of Iwo Jima” during World War II. Several were killed at the French offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine by terrorists claiming to be followers of Islam on January 7, 2015. Many across the globe have protested the killings as the magazine was targeted for its satirical cartoons related to the Muslim prophet, Mohammed. In the United States, satire is protected by the First Amendment. Where do you draw the line on the First Amendment as the freedom of speech? (Photo from

Charlie Hebdo, Freedom of Speech and Satire

One response to “Charlie Hebdo, Freedom of Speech and Satire

  1. I don’t draw on a line on freedom of speech. (Unless your counting yelling Fire !!! in a crowded room) people are too thin-skinned nowadays. The right to freedom of speech is more important than anyone’s hurt feelings.

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