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In the Wake of Charlie Hebdo


Jan 22, 2015 6:00 PM   |   Education   |   Listen on Blog Talk Radio   | Download this episode

On January 7, 2015, two masked gunmen killed 12 people, 11 of whom worked for the French satirical newspaper, "Charlie Hebdo," a publication with a reputation for lampooning Islam and its prophet. Terror alerts remain high, and in the wake of the killings, Charlie Hebdo remained defiant, publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its very next issue.  Millions of copies immediately sold. Soon after, Pope Francis declared his condemnation of the attack and hi support for free speech, but also declared that "you cannot insult people's faith." The debate rages on.  Did these attackers truly represent the religion of Islam?  Should the attack have been expected because it was provoked?  Should satire expect protection in all of its forms, or are there limits?  And what should responsible media outlets do in regard to religion, free speech and the safety of its employees. Guests include Brian Dalton (Mr. Deity), Ali A. Rizvi, Faisal Saeed Al Mutar and others.  Plus your calls and emails (podcast@thethinkingatheist.com)f The Way of the Mister:  Fuck the Pope:  http://youtu.be/6xDnxv6eFNg Ali A. Rizvi's blog archive:  www.huffingtonpost.com/ali-a-rizvi Faisal Saeed Al Mutar's website:  www.faisalalmutar.com  


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