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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In this episode of the Inquisitive Minds Podcast, we take some time to go over questions that emerged from the tragic events in Paris which happened on January 7-11, 2015. We ask: "Are there limits to free speech?" Can we critique and speak out against anything, including religion? We also react to the various security measures that were announced by the French government, as well as US and Canadian officials. Can better security protect people from more terrorist acts? Can education play a role in the fight against terror?
 
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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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