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

This week on the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we examine the problems with hasty conclusions and imprecise definitions. As news came of the identity of the suspect responsible for the bomb threat at Concordia University on March 1, 2017, people realized that a lesson against hasty conclusions and analysis needed to be learned. This unfortunate episode and others like it comes at a time when many feel a growing atmosphere of discrimination against Muslims and other religious groups. This has forced some Canadian parliamentarians to propose a motion against Islamophobia and systemic racism. In this episode, we discuss how this motion uncovered the uncomfortable reality that Canadians and Quebecers are quite divided over the issue of anti-Muslim sentiment and what some see as the threat of the Islamization of Canada.

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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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