A letter addressed to Islamic State terrorists by a Frenchman who lost his wife in last Friday’s terrorist attacks has gone viral.
The rousing, heartfelt address by a Frenchman named Antoine Leiris, whose wife, Hélène Muyal, was killed in the attack on the Bataclan theatre, tells the terrorists that they are “dead souls,” according to The Christian Post.
"On Friday evening you stole the life of an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hatred,” Leiris’ letter begins.
"I don't know who you are and I don't want to know, you are dead souls. If this God for whom you kill blindly made us in his image, every bullet in the body of my wife is a wound in his heart," Leiris, who works as a journalist at radio network France Bleu, continues in the letter.
Leiris vowed that he would not give the terrorists the satisfaction of making him or his 17-month-old son hate them.
"So no, I will not give you the satisfaction of hating you. You want it, but to respond to hatred with anger would be to give in to the same ignorance that made you what you are."
"You would like me to be scared, for me to look at my fellow citizens with a suspicious eye, for me to sacrifice my liberty for my security. You have lost,” said Leiris.
"Of course I am devastated with grief, I grant you this small victory, but it will be short-lived. I know she will be with us every day and we will find each other in Heaven with free souls which you will never have,” the letter, which has been shared over 200,000 times, closes.
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Publication date: November 19, 2015
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.