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Old 09.01.2015, 19:41
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Re: France: Charlie Hebdo Office shootings

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Let's say someone came up to you and confided in you that they were planning to go into a mosque and begin accusing everyone in it of being an idiot for following Islam, because that's how they personally felt and they thought they were entitled to do so, because of their freedom of speech.

Would you encourage them?
I think you are confusing things we should encourage with things we should allow.

And in fact, many reasonable muslims are open to debating Islam in civilised terms and even seek out that debate. So that basically means they are preapred to listen to you telling them they are idiots (in more perfumed words of course) and I'm sure they also have some counter-erguments to that.

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All I'm trying to say here is basically that... if we do want to avoid escalated tensions between the Muslim and the non-Muslim world, then perhaps the best way to do that is not with crude satire.
Is an escalation of debate not a component of political discourse?
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