A Satirical Article On Cultural Relativism Essay

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Cultural relativism is the way in which our individual beliefs and opinions should be understood by others of the same or of different cultures. The Charlie Hebdo media murders in France January 2015 is a fine example of the way in which the views of the world are diverse depending on different cultural perspectives. Charlie Hebdo is a satirical weekly newspaper, it takes contentious world issues such as religion and politics and holds them up to the world with the intent to disgrace individuals, cooperation’s and society in order to get them to improve. Due to its almost antagonistic manner it was a successful target of a ‘terrorist attack’. Two armed gunmen stormed the office and killed eleven members of staff claiming they were defending the Prophet Muhammad. Growing up in a country like New Zealand where freedom of expression is not only defended but encouraged, it is easy to understand why Charlie Hebdo chooses to adopt that same right to use as a platform to create ‘humour’ out of democracy and religion. Their main aim being to reflect current events in a satirical way in order to shame society into changing. Some of this humour can be mistaken for bigotry and disrespect by minorities such as Muslim’s, however the newspaper does not aim directly toward the minor religions of France, rather religion as a whole. According to the Central Intelligence Agency the percentage of each Religion is vastly disjointed “Roman Catholic 83%-88%, Protestant 2%, Jewish 1%, Muslim

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