The words I wrote in the Playboy Philosophy still ring true today. My heart goes out to the victims of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy.
“Our religious leaders, of every faith, can loudly proclaim their moral views to one and all, and attempt to persuade us to the correctness of their beliefs—they have this right and, indeed, it is expected of them. They have no right, however, to attempt in any way to force their beliefs upon others through coercion…Since the beginning of recorded history, there have been individuals determined to force their own standards upon their fellow men. And time inevitably proves that the ‘dangerous’ work of art or literature of one generation is the classic of the next—that any contemporary condemnation of the spoken or the written word appears ridiculous to succeeding generations.”