By Boraan Abdulkarim, Engage Minnesota
One of the latest headline and conversation-dominating topics is the recent shooting in Paris. Satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo published another addition to a long line of cartoons that make a joke out of Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, and this prompted gunmen, who claimed to be avenging the Prophet, to kill 12 Charlie Hebdo staff members. Both bitter racism on behalf of Charlie Hebdo and an infringement on Freedom of Speech on behalf of the gunmen were committed. In order to take a stance on the issue, individuals must ask themselves which of these wrongs is more immediate.
That’s where things get messy.
It’s slowly evolved to become a fight to mark the good guys and the bad guys, and make the bad guys pay.”
By Hani Hamdan, Engage Minnesota
The First Amendment guarantees that the American judicial system cannot punish you for saying something, no matter how objectionable what you say may be. But if making a single, fleeting statement causes you to lose your job, your family’s security, your reputation and your future career prospects, what is the point of having a First Amendment in the first place?
Read the rest of Hani’s article here.