A brutal killing in Paris

The National Post reports:

The teenager who beheaded a teacher outside the school in a Paris suburb where he taught had approached pupils in the street and asked them to point out his victim, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Saturday.

Police shot dead the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty in broad daylight in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday. …

Earlier this month Paty had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression, angering a number of Muslim parents. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.

In response, France was preparing Sunday to expel 231 foreigners on a government watch list for suspected extremist religious beliefs, Europe 1 radio reported. France’s Interior ministry, responsible for expelling foreigners, was not available to comment.

An 18 year old doesn’t get radicalised by themselves. It happens because of other people they meet in person, or online.

People are entitled to have their religious beliefs. But they are not entitled to force them onto other people, and murder them because they are offended.

There is no room in secular countries for those who think their religious beliefs entitle them to murder those who don’t share them.

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