The America Experiment with Liberty has failed to sustain itself. Liberty is being rolled back. Consider that a baker was found guilty of violating the rights of a lesbian woman for not baking her a cake for her lesbian wedding. The baker was fined $135,000. Oregon State officials accused the baker of violating the Oregon Equality Act of 2007. What about the rights of the baker that were violated by the court and the lesbians? If the lesbians have a right to buy a cake the baker had a right to refuse to bake cakes. Mrs. Klein told a reporter her five children were subjected to death threats — death threats for simply refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding.

It was the growing French intolerance of speech that motivated the staff of Charlie Hebdo — and particularly its editor, Stéphane Charbonnier — who made fun of all religions with irreverent cartoons and editorials. Charbonnier faced continuing threats, not just of death from extremists but of criminal prosecution. In 2012, amid international protests over an anti-Islamic film, Charlie Hebdo again published cartoons of Muhammad. French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault warned that freedom of speech “is expressed within the confines of the law and under the control of the courts.”

Carbonnier wasn’t cowed — by the government pressure, the public protests or the inclusion of his name on a list of al-Qaeda targets. In an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde, he echoed Mexican revolutionary Emiliano Zapata and proclaimed, “I would rather die standing than live on my knees.” Carbonnier was the first person the gunmen asked for in their attack on the Charlie Hebdo office, and he was one of the first to be killed.

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