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Saskatoon Muslims rally saying free speech has limits

Members of Saskatoon’s Muslim community rally, say there are certain limitations on free speech.
Members of Saskatoon’s Muslim community rally, say there are certain limitations on free speech. Neil Fisher / Global News

SASKATOON – Some members of Saskatoon’s Muslim community say there is no true right to free speech. Holding signs that said “Freedom of speech has limits” and “Insults aren’t freedom of speech,” the group rallied Sunday outside of city hall.

While they say they condemn the recent attack in Paris against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing depictions of the prophet Muhammad, rally-goers said the magazine’s cartoons went too far.

“We have to stop it, and we have to come to an intellectual debate,” said organizer Mustafa Mustaan.

“Whoever defends this insult has to know that they are accepting intellectual defeat because we, as human beings, are not to insult, but to intellectually debate each other.”

The group says Islam continues to face an unfair onslaught of insults daily.

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“The insult is when my beliefs are made fun of, that’s when I’m insulted,” said Mustaan. “Insults in general are not allowed for anyone and should not be accepted for anyone.”

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With files from Amber Rockliffe