(RNS) Freedom of the press trumps respect for religion in a new survey

Most Americans who know about the deadly attack on the Paris headquarters of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine say it’s OK that the weekly featured cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows 76 percent of Americans know of the Jan. 7 attack, and among this group 60 percent of Americans support the magazine’s right to publish these controversial images, while 28 percent disapprove.

However, one in four Americans overall offered no opinion because, they said, they had not heard about the violent attack where 10 artists and writers and two policemen were murdered.

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2 comments on “(RNS) Freedom of the press trumps respect for religion in a new survey

  1. BlueOntario says:

    What an interesting headline. It’s as if the editor thinks the First Amendment comes with big caveats. Perhaps this is a reflection of our America today where some topics, such as the right of TG folk to use the restroom of their choice or the definition of marriage, are just not to be brought up because it’s hurtful to someone.

  2. Terry Tee says:

    It’s startling that – if the opinion poll is to be believed – that one in four Americans is unaware of what transpired in Paris.