A long time ago, in a country far, far away, an artist made a statement that was considered offensive to devout followers of one of the world's major religions. Around the world, demonstrations were held where the artist's free expression was condemned and his works were ritually burned. The heated rhetoric damaged his career but did not change his views.
Years later, a man who believed he was doing God's work killed the artist. Should the whole religious movement be held responsible? How about the clerics who condemned the artist's works and called him a blasphemer, directly influencing his eventual murderer? Or should we hold the murderer solely responsible?
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