Be offended, but don’t kill for it | Big Stories & Beyond with Boris Malagurski

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    I can offend you, whoever you are, in a million ways right now. Doing it just because I can is wrong. Chopping off someone’s head for it is worse. Recent violence by Islamic extremists in France included a school teacher decapitated after showing his students cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and three people killed in a Catholic church in Nice. And this all seems to be a repeat of the violence we had in Paris in 2015, when journalists of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were massacred for printing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, whose depiction is forbidden in Islam.

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    In This Story: Charlie Hebdo

    On 7 January 2015 at about 11:30am CET local time, two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, forced their way into the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Armed with rifles and other weapons, they killed 12 people and injured 11 others. The gunmen identified themselves as belonging to the terrorist group al-Qaeda.

    Several related attacks followed in the Île-de-France region on 7–9 January 2015, including the Hypercacher kosher supermarket siege.

    Charlie Hebdo is a publication that courted controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders. It published cartoons of Muhammad in 2012, forcing France to temporarily close embassies and schools in more than 20 countries amid fears of reprisals. Its offices were also firebombed in November 2011 after publishing a caricature of Muhammad on its cover.

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    Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaching that Muhammad is the final and ultimate messenger of God. It is the world’s second-largest religion with 1.8 billion followers or 24.1% of the world’s population, known as Muslims. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries.

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