The aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting has been mixed. Fortunately, the government of France has decided it will tackle Islamic totalitarianism and European countries like Germany have growing homeland defense movements. However, violent protests have broken out in the Muslim world. The events seen today are in many ways similar sense as what happened in 2006 when a Danish publication published cartoons parodying Islam’s prophet Mohammed.
During 2006, the Ayn Rand Institute hosted a panel discussion about the issue of the Danish cartoons and their implications not just for free speech but for the values of Western civilization.