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Analysis: Jesus & Mo: Provocation or Freedom of Speech? 28.01.14 Part 2

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Published on Jan 29, 2014

Maajid Nawaz, chairman of the counter-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, who is also an aspiring liberal democrat parliamentary candidate, has got himself into hot water after posting on Twitter a link to popular online satirical cartoon Jesus & Mo.

A favorite among the New Atheist movement, the Jesus & Mo cartoons poke fun at organised religion with the central characters representing the Christian Jesus and the prophet Muhammad. Although purporting to be a body double in the comic strip, the character of Mo is viewed as offensive to many Muslims who view any personification of the prophet as haram.

Nawaz tweeted a link to the cartoons along with the line: 'This is not offensive & I'm sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it'

The affair has once again provoked a debate about freedom of speech and the right to offend against respect of religious belief and the right to protest.

Rejoining me from the first half of the show are Mohammad Ansar, a political commentator, Mohammad Amin, vice chair of Conservative Muslim Forum, Ameena Blake, Vice Chair of the Muslim Association of Britain and Reverand George Pitcher, a former Archbishop of Canterbury. Also joining us by skype are Todd Green, an assistant professor of European and American Religious History at Luther College and by phone Julian Bond from the Christian Muslim Forum.

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