Bulgarian Chief Mufti's Office: Charlie Hebdo Attack 'Blow to All Muslims'

Society | January 9, 2015, Friday // 12:51|  views

Chief Mufti Mustafa Hadzhi (L-2). Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's top Islamic institution has condemned the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo and the murder of twelve people by gunmen.

In a statement to the media, the Chief Mufti's Office has described the incident as "a blow to all Muslims" and has voiced its concerns that such actions will "marginalize" Islam.

At the same time, though stressing it respects freedom of speech, the office is on the opinion that religious symbols should not be desecrated.

The attack on Charlie Hebdo is thought to be related to provocative (and called by some "irreverent") cartoons about Islam, but also about other religions and a number of French institutions.

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Tags: Chief Mufti's Office, Charlie Hebdo, Islam, freedom of speech


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