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Freedom of Speech

Why A Global Blasphemy Law Is The Wrong Response To Islamaphobia

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 12.10.2012 | Religion
Courtney C. Radsch

There is no evidence that restricting speech prohibits intolerance, and, in fact, evidence shows that prohibitions on so-called blasphemous speech actually increases intolerance and leads to a wide-range of human rights abuses.

Free Speech: Just a Recent Fad?

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.08.2012 | College
Greg Lukianoff

It should not come as a surprise that some of these voices against free speech arise out of higher education. Yet the great irony in this is that our colleges should be places where people live the reality of the potential that is unleashed by free expression.

Hundreds Of U.S. Pastors Back Political Candidates, Defy Tax Rules

Reuters | Nanette Byrnes | Posted 12.08.2012 | Religion

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Oct 7 (Reuters) - Baptist Pastor Mark Harris stood before his flock in North Carolina on Sunday and joined hundreds of other U.S. re...

Freedom of Speech: The Price Can Be High

Sohaib Awan | Posted 12.04.2012 | Teen
Sohaib Awan

The world faces a difficult ordeal today because we have taken freedom of speech to be something that is completely free. Far from it, this liberty has proven to be very costly.

Provocation or Freedom of Expression

Zaman Stanizai | Posted 12.03.2012 | World
Zaman Stanizai

Fanaticism should not be defined through cultural stereotypes, but instead through acts and deeds.

To Bigotry No Sanction

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 12.03.2012 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

In his famous letter to the first Jewish synagogue in America, George Washington wrote that the United States government grants "to bigotry no sanction." But because our government does grant to all its citizens freedom of speech, it protects the rights of Pamela Geller.

Violence Violates Free Speech And Islam

Harris Zafar | Posted 12.02.2012 | Religion
Harris Zafar

This is a lesson for the whole world, and Muslims must use this guidance to collectively exhibit a mature response to such terrible acts. Let us join hands to uphold the peaceful teachings of Islam and the Quran.

Pulpit Freedom Sunday -- Should the Church Be Tax-Exempt?

Steve Siebold | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Steve Siebold

Pastors and church leaders need to make a choice: feel free to talk politics all they want from the pulpit, but be willing to pay the consequences.

Muslims Abroad Should Respect the American Tradition of Free Speech as They Debate Their Own

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 12.02.2012 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Muslims should not be so quick to complain when others demonstrate their lack of respect for Islam if they fail to make any real progress towards understanding the societal norms of other nations, in this instance the complexity of free speech rights and traditions in the United States.

Blasphemy Day -- Because We Can!

Edward Falzon | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Edward Falzon

As long as we condemn a video before we condemn a violent reaction to it, we'll always be bestowing power upon those who wish to pass the kind of anti-blasphemy law being pitched at the UN.

Freedom of Suppression

Michael Drew | Posted 11.27.2012 | Politics
Michael Drew

What do you consider to be freedom of expression? The right to offend? The right to be offended? The right to say whatever or to let others say whatev...

The Top 3 Security Threats the UN General Assembly Must Address

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

What we say, do, and eat has global implications, and on these three major security frontiers we must do better: religious, food and climate security. Each of us has a role to play, and each of us is capable of making a difference.

Obama's U.N. Speech: Democratic Pluralism and the American Mission

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

He has juxtaposed democratic pluralism with its opposite -- a fundamentalism that suppresses dissent and seeks to impose conformity on the population of a country, a region, or even the whole world.

Salman Rushdie and the Right to Offend

Carlo Strenger | Posted 11.26.2012 | World
Carlo Strenger

Salman Rushdie's memoir Joseph Anton rebels against the reduction of The Satanic Verses to an insult to Islam. I agree. But modern liberal democracies, freedom of thought and expression are impossible without the right to offend.

War on Words -- Obsolete?

Linda Durnell | Posted 11.26.2012 | Politics
Linda Durnell

Can we create a benchmark for dialog that fosters consensus without diminishment? Is it possible to communicate in such a way that strengthens our relationships? Can we find our way back to communication that leaves everyone feeling understood and respected?

Another 'Innocence Of Muslims' Casualty: The Media's Reliability

Rabbi Abraham Cooper | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Abraham Cooper

When the trumped-up passions of "Innocence of Muslims" cool, burnt-out buildings will be repaired, diplomatic dances will reboot. But who will stand up for the freedom to disbelieve, to criticize and to mock?

"Traditional Values" Versus Freedom of Information

Christophe Deloire | Posted 11.24.2012 | World
Christophe Deloire

Deploring the "excesses of free speech" may be a wise move tactically but, in the long term, it jeopardizes freedom of information, which is a prerequisite for political, economic and social development.

Some Muslims Don't Get It: Freedom Of Speech And The Legitimacy Of Muslim Protests

Mike Ghouse | Posted 11.21.2012 | Religion
Mike Ghouse

The Muslims who murdered Ambassador Christopher Stevens were purportedly defending the name of Prophet Muhammad. But they have done the exact opposite of their intention: tarnished the name of the Prophet in the eyes of the few non-Muslims.

What Salman Rushdie Reminds Us About the Freedoms That We Cherish

Christina Patterson | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Christina Patterson

Those of us who believe in the right to say what you think without being threatened can only show that there are some beliefs that we cherish, too. We can show that we believe in the right of clever writers to write good books, and the right of stupid fantasists to make bad films.

Muslims: Don't Confront Violence With Silence

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 11.20.2012 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

There is no justification for violence -- none whatsoever. So why can't American Muslims use their freedom of expression in a responsible fashion to light a candle?

Are Radical Imams Going to Redefine Freedom of Speech?

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Let us not allow those who employ violence to initiate a debate about the limits of free speech. Democracies should not allow themselves to be held hostage to violent extremists.

Anti-Muslim Extremist Video Calls for Counter-narrative by Mainstream Americans

Sahar Aziz | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Sahar Aziz

While some Americans may take offense at having to prove they are not racists or bigots simply because a small number of Americans are, they do not hesitate to demand the same of Muslims.

Where Do They Get All Those U.S. Flags?

David Sable | Posted 11.17.2012 | Media
David Sable

I leave it to you to decide if a poorly made and written movie with an ignorant basis, that has ignited way more than burned flags -- leaving death and destruction is protected or not.

Journalists' Choice: Face Death Or Jail

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 09.16.2012 | World

QUETTA, Pakistan -- The telephone call to local journalists generally comes in the late evening. The voice on the other end is harsh. He has a stateme...

The Truth Is, Muslims Are Guilty!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

Thanks to the reckless retaliation of some of us, the voices of the many peace-loving and kind-hearted Christian Copts will now be lost in the details.