John Jenkins

We’ve become desensitised to terror

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Samuel Paty, a teacher at a school in a sedate suburb of Paris, was beheaded in the street last Friday by an 18-year old Chechen former asylum-seeker. The reason for this act of savagery was that Paty had shown cartoons of the prophet Muhammad to a school class, to illuminate a discussion about civic freedoms and the boundaries of debate.

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John Jenkins
Sir John Jenkins is a Senior Policy Fellow at Policy Exchange and former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. He writes for Policy Exchange’s Understanding Islamism project

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