Étienne Cardiles, the husband of slain officer Xavier Jugelé, delivered an emotional eulogy outside police headquarters on Tuesday. Jugelé was slain by Karim Cheurfi, a 39-year-old Frenchman on the Champs Elysees last week in an attack claimed by ISIS.
Family reveals itself not only in joy but in sorrow. Moments like this were long denied to us. The ties that bind a society are strengthened when our love and loss are as visible and routine as they are for others. I am afraid that if this happened here, a cable news host would turn to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council for an alternate viewpoint. When such a defilement has become unthinkable, we will be a better nation and a better people. We are in a time when restraint and social filters seem not to be valued. But every poisonous thought need not be aired.
Imagine more quiet, eloquent moments like this, without hecklers, without hatred. We too have a right to mourn. It is as simple as that.