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Sticks and stones

September 9, 2020

France last week began the trial of the accomplices of the terrorists who killed a dozen in their attack at Charlie Hebdo, for its publication of cartoons of Mohammed. At a naturalization ceremony Friday, President Macron set the right tone, noting that French notion of liberty includes:

The freedom to believe or not to believe. This is inseparable from the freedom of expression up to the right to blasphemy.

The magazine republished the original cartoons that caused the original furor, spurring protests in Pakistan and criticism by the governments of Turkey and Iran.

Civilized nations need to press for the right to blaspheme. And that governments should be secular and kept apart from religious issues.

Let’s hope Sudan manages to end its civil war, and that its future government indeed turns out as secular as recent negotiations suggest.

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