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In the past week many Lebanese, including friends, have been fervently engaged in debates over the Charlie Hebdo case.The most recurring accusation among the #JeNeSuisPasCharlie crowd is that Charlie Hebdo, hiding behind freedom of speech, deliberately targeted Islam and by doing so insulted the entire Muslim community.Rather, are the authorities entitled in shutting the newspaper down?First of all, let me clarify to my Muslim friends who think that Charlie Hebdo specifically targets them, that it does not. Atheophobia is widespread and could be considered equally as offensive for an atheist as are caricatures of religious figures for a Muslim, Catholic or Jew.In the same way some Muslims, Christians or Jews feel offended and insulted by Charlie Hebdo's cartoons, an atheist could likewise feel offended, insulted and even rejected by the views or comments of certain religious persons.Being Charlie as a Lebanese person is not ridiculous nor is it out of place, as some have said.
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