Je suis Charlie? Reflections on the Public Demonstrations against the Attacks in Paris

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As a response against the terrorist attacks in Paris in January 2015, people adapted ‘Je suis Charlie’ as a slogan to show their solidarity with the victims. In this article, while condemning the killings, I would like to examine the situation from the perspective of public theology: 1) the nature of laïcité and the tension between the freedom of expression and respect for faith; 2) the problem of the marginalisation of minority religious groups in a secular public sphere; 3) the impact of the public demonstration and the creation of a platform for secular and sacred interactions. I shall incooperate in my presentation media reports, articles and interviews on the topic and also some of the scholarly discussions on laïcité, on ‘interactive pluralism’ by Rowan Williams, and on the public engagement of religious communities.

Je suis Charlie? Reflections on the Public Demonstrations against the Attacks in Paris

in International Journal of Public Theology

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Olivier Tonneau‘On Charlie Hebdo: A letter to my British friends’Mediapart (11 Jan 2015). <http://blogs.mediapart.fr/blog/olivier-tonneau/110115/charlie-hebdo-letter-my-british-friends> [accessed 25 February 2015].

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Rachida Dati‘Muslim holds ministerial office in France’The Observer15 Jan 2015 p. 34.

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Gary Younge‘Charlie Hebdo: Free speech, but not as an absolute value’The Guardian12 Jan 2015 p. 29. Simon Dawes The Guardian 9 January 2015. <https://www.opendemocracy.net/can-europe-make-it/simon-dawes/charlie-hebdo-free-speech-but-not-as-absolute-value> [accessed 15 February 2015].

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Mehdi Hasan‘As a Muslim, I’m fed up with the hypocrisy of the free speech fundamentalists’New Statesman16–22 Jan 2015 p. 40.

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Giles Fraser‘France’s much vaunted secularism is not the neutral space it claims to be’The Guardian17 Jan 2015.

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KimTheology in the Public Sphere pp. 3–26.

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Philip KennedySchillebeeckx (London: Geoffrey Chapman1993) pp. 50–52.

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See Philip LewisYoung British and Muslim (London: Bloomsbury2007).

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