France, Islam, and free speech
Jenn and Alex discuss the recent terror attacks in France that have occurred amid a national and international uproar about cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed and President Emmanuel Macron’s stance toward Islam in the country. They discuss what Macron’s push for an “Islam of France” really means, the complexities for Muslims to fully integrate into French society, and the ongoing debate about freedom of expression vs. respect for religion. They end by discussing the global response to what’s happening in France, especially the hypocrisy of certain Muslim leaders who are using a contentious issue to benefit themselves.
Alex has two pieces about the situation in France.
A McGill study shows the challenges Muslims have faced to fully integrate in France.
A smart opinion piece in Politico argues Macron isn’t a hardliner against Islam.
Marine Le Pen, Macron’s far-right challenger, is already calling what’s happening a “war.”
Turkey’s leader is using this situation to distract from his economic problems at home.
Zack Beauchamp (@zackbeauchamp), senior correspondent, Vox
Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth), senior foreign editor, Vox
Alex Ward (@AlexWardVox), national security reporter, Vox
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