Was Charlie Hebdo, the satirical publication whose staffers were murdered by Islamic extremists in Paris, always the fairest and most responsible newspaper in the world? Of course not. I confess to have often cringed at its apparent double-standard when it comes to skewering Muslims and Jews.
But does anyone â€” ever â€” deserve to be harassed, hounded, or murdered for expressing an opinion, however egregious it may be perceived by some?
Voltaireâ€™s biographer Evelyn Beatrice Hall eloquently and definitively answered that question long ago: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.