Discussing freedom of expression, tolerance, and secularism

In these difficult times, it is hard to have a useful conversation about certain topics, especially in light of the inflammatory way in which politicians, playing the demagogue, exploit such topics as mere cliches and slogans in their speeches; which furthermore, in a public atmosphere fraught with emotion and tensions, only lends itself to the further spread of yet more demagoguery. Whether this is due to electoral competition between the centre-right and the far-right parties of France, or instead due to wider international struggles, particularly those around the Mediterranean – that small …

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