France in shock after the terrorist murders in Nice | The Canberra Times

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nice, terrorism, france, terrorist attack, islamist, samuel paty, president macron, church murdersThe facts are terrible: Thursday morning in the French city of Nice, a man armed with a knife shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church. He was later shot dead by police but survived. Police described the scene as a “sight of horror”. The French counterterrorism prosecutor said the suspect was a 21-year-old Tunisian national who arrived in France earlier in October. After his visit to Nice, President Macron declared: “If we are attacked again, it is for the values ​​that are ours: freedom, for the possibility on our soil to believe freely and not give in to any spirit. of terror ”. On October 16, a French teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded by an 18-year-old Muslim. Mr. Paty had previously given a course on “freedom of expression” as part of the French national program. In the classroom, he had shown his students one or more comics depicting the Prophet Muhammad. It was the cartoons that prompted two brothers to murder 12 people in the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo which had published the cartoons five years earlier. According to some reports, he told the class what he was going to do and said that Muslim students were free to leave if they found the images offensive. There is a dispute as to whether he showed the students a cartoon depicting the naked prophet. Some parents of school children were very exceptional. Social media posts defaming the teacher have intensified. The atmosphere ignited. A week and a half after the course on freedom of expression, 18-year-old Abdullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov waited outside the school gates, identified the teacher and followed him. He then used a twelve inch knife to behead him. Witnesses told police that they heard the killer shout “Allahu Akbar” during the attack. The murderer was shot dead by the police. At the scene later, President Macron said: “One of our fellow citizens was assassinated today because he taught students freedom of speech, the freedom to believe and not to believe.” “It was a cowardly attack on our compatriot. He was the victim of a typical Islamist terrorist attack. Seven people have been charged in connection with the teacher’s murder, including two of his students who, according to the BBC citing the prosecutor, were paid to identify him to the killer. The killer allegedly told the students that he wanted to “hit” and “humiliate” Mr. Paty and “make him apologize for showing the cartoon of the prophet.” Ten months after the Charlie Hebdo murders, Islamist terrorists massacred 131 people at the Bataclan nightclub and other places in Paris. In 2016, a Tunisian jihadist drove a cargo truck through the crowd to celebrate July 14 in Nice, killing 86 people. Thursday’s beheading was widely condemned, including by the French Council for Muslim Worship. But before the teacher’s murder two weeks ago, there had been a fierce social media campaign against him. And after his assassination, President Macron’s announcement of a series of measures to defend French society, including French Muslim society, against radical Islam fueled from abroad has been criticized by leaders of Muslim countries. . According to Aljazeera, the Arab TV channel, “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has criticized Macron, saying the French leader needs” mental checks “on his attitude towards Islam. In the Muslim world, some leaders have condemned France and Macron, including Saudi Arabia. Arabia and Iran; while tens of thousands of people took part in protests in Bangladesh calling for a boycott of French products. “The murders highlight a dilemma for governments in liberal democracies: what should be the limit of religious belief in a tolerant society? Some Muslims believe that anyone who shows or produces an image of the Prophet Muhammad is committing blasphemy, punishable by death. Author Salman Rushdie believed he was entitled to his freedom of expression when he wrote his novel The Satanic Verses. But Iran’s spiritual leader has passed a death sentence on him and Mr Rushdie has been in hiding for many years. Some people linked to the post have been murdered. But the broader question of religious rights versus secular rights is not limited to Islam. Some fundamentalist Christians and ultra-Orthodox Jews have strong beliefs that contradict mainstream opinion, but they rarely impose their religious beliefs on others through murder. Simon Longstaff, director of the Ethics Center, wrote: “Freedom of religion is a basic human right. “However, this is only one of those rights. Rights must be associated with equivalent responsibilities. We are responsible for how we exercise our rights, realizing them to the maximum extent possible without violating the rights of others. “” Where confrontation is inevitable and irreconcilable, damage to competing rights should be the minimum necessary and not one more word. “In France today, it’s easier said than done. What if the members of a group were so certain of their beliefs that they would commit murder in the most cruel way? President Macron and France are grappling with this issue.

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