Could Charlie Hebdo have been prevented if France allowed religious instruction? (COMMENTARY)

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Banners hang on Paris City Hall supporting Charlie Hebdo. Religion News Service photo by Elizabeth Bryant

Banners hang on Paris City Hall supporting Charlie Hebdo. Religion News Service photo by Elizabeth Bryant

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(RNS) Religious education can help a society understand the motives of religious members, the wise and foolish methods of communicating with them and the appropriate responses to societal problems.

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  • Jack

    The problem is that the French “laicite” model doesn’t allow for the kind of debate and discussion in the public square that will allow radical Islamism to be challenged and ultimately defeated by competing ideas and beliefs.

    But France is France…..religion and democracy have always been at each others’ throats there. Hence I don’t see it getting rid of “laicite” any time soon.

  • “While some might interpret the magazine’s action as free speech, others might argue that Charlie Hebdo endangered innocent citizens by prompting an attack after repeated warnings…”

    SOME? WARNINGS?
    The warning needs to go out to religious people who would make such disgusting threats – not the lawful public!

    The people who need education are clearly not the Atheists who comprise most of France – but the religious minority who is absolutely clueless about freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

    Keep clerics away from these kids! Good grief!
    What possible benefit comes from Astrology? Or Crystal Energies? or Genies?

    “If a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission.”
    ― Flemming Rose

    The only good religion course is the one which speaks the truth about them all – MYTHOLOGY 101 !

  • Moron Mormon

    Imagine a wonderful world where there is no priest, no rabbi and no mullah. No church, no synagogue and no mosque.

  • jma

    the religion is a concept, not a reality, why don’t teach communism.Education is too important to be taught of preconceptions, religion is a personal matter not of public interest.