Inquisitive Minds Podcast Critical Thinking on History, Religion, Politics and Culture

There is currently a discussion about a controversial law being debated in Quebec concerning hate speech. Some religious groups are in favor of a law which would apply sanctions against those who critique their beliefs. They see any critique of their faith as blasphemy or a form of hate speech, and even some left wing politicians and activists say that no one should be permitted to criticize or mock religions. In this week's episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we ask whether or not the criticism of belief can be equated to hate speech.

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On May 3rd, 2015, a group of people gathered for a cartoon exhibit depicting the prophet Mohammad was attacked by two jihadists in Garland, Texas. Some have decried the event as a purposeful provocation of Muslims, while others see it as a fundamental right to freedom of speech. Are the organizers of the event anti-Muslim bigots or should their actions be understood as a fight against the Islamization of America? Is organizing a cartoon competition of Mohammad irresponsible behavior and are such actions "Islamophobic"? What exactly is "Islamophobia"? Are the Garland drawings of Mohammad similar to the Charlie Hebdo caricatures? In this week's podcast, we discuss the Garland attack and the questions that transpired from this event.

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For our first podcast of 2015, we decided to have a special episode on the Paris shootings which happened on Wednesday, January 7th. The offices of the satirical newspaper "Le Charlie Hebdo" was attacked by terrorists who managed to kill 12 people and injure 11 more. In solidarity with the people of France, this podcast is entitled "I am Charlie"; the slogan and symbol of freedom of expression and of the press. As we start this new year, we also welcome Costa Babalis as a third co-host. Please note that this podcast is an early special edition. Our second episode (#40) will run on January 19th.

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