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Attack on Charlie Hebdo an atrocity, Durodié says

January 7, 2015
CBC All Points West

School of Humanitarian Studies associate faculty member Bill Durodié discussed the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris with CBC Victoria. 

"Today it appears to me that it's almost the whole of Western culture that fears causing offence to others. We actually teach our students and children that causing offence or being offended is the worst possible crime and I personally believe that it's precisely that that leads to this extreme expression and rage against being offended that we see today.

"Of course, freedom of expression can hurt. Freedom of expression can be used in an infantile and puerile way and maybe Charlie Hebdo is partly culpable in that regard, but that's the price we pay to absolutely express ourselves. And the solution to bad speech is simply more speech, not the regulation of speech."

Listen to the interview below.