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Letter: Solidarity with Paris journalists

People hold pens in Marseille, southern France, on

People hold pens in Marseille, southern France, on Jan. 7, 2015, as they take part in a gathering following an attack by unknown gunmen on the offices in Paris of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Credit: Getty Images / Boris Horvat

Satire was attacked in France by a handful of extremists ["Heinous attack on civilization," Editorial, Jan. 8]. Our ability to poke fun at the hypocritical nature of humanity is an essential mirror, religion included.

Freedom of speech is the foundation of democracy. In the tradition of Mark Twain, Will Rogers, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Jon Stewart and others, I say, "I am Charlie."

Steven Taub, Melville

Editor's note: The writer is a documentary filmmaker and a member of the Suffolk County Film Commission.