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Free Speech at Duke

David Moshman | Posted 05.22.2015 | College
David Moshman

Faculty should be hired and evaluated on the basis of their teaching, research, and professional service, and should be free to speak as citizens and persons without fear for their jobs.

Tolerance and Totalitarianism

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.21.2015 | College
Michael Shermer

A disturbing trend is sweeping across American colleges and universities under the guise of protecting students from allegedly offensive speech -- defined differently by different interest groups -- with demands for everything from "trigger warnings" to banning speakers from campus.

'Free Speech for Me but Not for Thee' These Days

John A. Tures | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Fox News has been heavily criticizing a Boston University professor for racist tweets while condemning colleges for having speech codes regulating such words.

The Students Mobilizing Against Campus Racism Nationwide

Jennifer Jonson | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Jennifer Jonson

Hate crimes, discrimination and microaggressions are issues currently facing all American institutions of higher education -- public and private, secular and religiously affiliated, progressive and conservative.

Free Speech at Boston University

David Moshman | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
David Moshman

This could have been "Salaita 2: A Censorship Sequel." Once again, a new college faculty member whose appointment has not yet officially begun has been denounced for offensive speech.

Broadcast Meet Tackles Terrorism, Policies, Challenges

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.21.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

A conference aimed at mitigating hate speech, radicalism, and violence that plague Arab broadcast media took the bull by the horns this week amid heated debate on freedom and government controls.

Game Featuring 'Transgender Kills' Raises Online Debate About Hate Speech

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 05.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa Miles McCarter

A game promoting "transgender kills" was removed on Monday morning from the online game curation community Steam after a short time on its Greenligh...

My Cousin Is the Pope -- and It's Everything

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Lauren Cahn

My trip up my family tree taught me that none of us is separate from one another - neither as individuals nor as groups. As such, hate that is rooted in the illusion of that non-existent separation is nothing if not absurd.

Critics of Colleges Should Listen to What Employers Really Want From Students

John A. Tures | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
John A. Tures

When it comes to college costs, Victor Davis Hanson should check out where the money is actually spent.

Don't Feed the Race Trolls

Torraine Walker | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

If you've spent any time online you've seen them. They barge into every discussion about racial issues like belligerent drunks in a bar, arrogance emanating from them like a stench, armed with statistics "proving" that Blacks are the most violent ethnic group on earth.

Prejudice Does Not Discriminate

Jim Joseph | Posted 04.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Jim Joseph

When I hear someone say something prejudicial about one person or a group of people, it's as if they are saying it about all of us. If they are attacking one group today, then they'll be attacking another group tomorrow. Everyone gets a turn.

Cake Wars Getting Stickier

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

With all the political frenzy about both religious freedom and discrimination, the pundits always seem to come back to the same classic case: a baker contemplating whether to bake a cake for a gay wedding.

Dangerous Speech is Not Free Speech or Even Hate Speech

Barrett Holmes Pitner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Barrett Holmes Pitner

As a society we must become more aware of the dangers that certain speech presents, and for the safety and well being of black Americans and other vulnerable citizens, we must explore more robust ways for distinguishing and punishing people for dangerous speech.

Facebook Clarifies Policies on Nudity, Hate Speech and Other Community Standards

Larry Magid | Posted 05.16.2015 | Technology
Larry Magid

Facebook's head of Global Policy Management Monika Bickert and Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby wrote that the company is providing "more detail and clarity on what is and is not allowed" in such areas nudity and hate speech.

Terrorist Attacks Hurt Muslims and Islam More Than Anyone Else!

Marwa Azab | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Marwa Azab

The consequences of such attacks are disturbing to all. But, as a Muslim, this means, more intentional random checks by TSA, when traveling. I got randomly selected twice in a row at the same airport on my last business trip.

That Time a Famous Stranger Publicly Accused Me of Being a Terrorist -- and When My Mom Feared for My Life

Atif Choudhury | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
Atif Choudhury

It's not every day a complete stranger publicly calls you a terrorist. A terrorist propagandist, to be precise. Nor is it every day that the stranger happens to actually be someone famous--or infamous depending on who you ask.

Enough Is Enough: No More Tolerating Hateful Comments From Elected Officials

Wardah Khalid | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Wardah Khalid

There is simply no room or justification in our local or national dialogue for ignorant or vitriolic comments, which fuel the cycle of hate and ignorance, divide our country and endanger the lives of everyday Muslim Americans.

What's The Line Between Religious Satire And Hate Speech?

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

LONDON (AP) — When cartoonists at a French publication that had poked fun at the Prophet Muhammad were shot dead, millions around the world felt it ...

Beyond the pieties, the Charlie Hebdo massacre leaves us with painful new ironies and tired old remedies

Edward Wasserman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Media
Edward Wasserman

It's clear that the slaughter in Paris has managed to change the public policy subject, decisively, away from growing doubts over the wisdom of the endlessly renewable, insanely expensive, surveillance state that much of the non-jihadist world has drifted into since 2001.

Defining the Line

Terence Smith | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
Terence Smith

Where is the line between satire and hate speech? Who gets to define it? What should be the consequences of crossing it? One is legal, one is not. The first is often brilliant commentary, the other is just hate.

Je Suis Larry Flynt?

Victor Dorff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Victor Dorff

In our society, vulgarians like Larry Flynt and the murdered journalists of Charlie Hebdo are the vanguard who protect freedom of speech. They are the canary in the coal mine, whose death warns us of the unseen dangers gathering around us.

Limiting Hate Speech Is Important, Even After Charlie Hebdo

Erik Bleich | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics
Erik Bleich

Freedom of speech is vital, but it is not the only value we have. We can defend Charlie Hebdo's right to offend, understand the social reasons why the New York Times did not publish their cartoons, and support legal restrictions on far right attempts to incite hatred and violence.

When Life Hands You Anti-Gay Lemons...

Walt Hawkins | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

After viewing his sermon and interview, in honor of Pastor Steven L. Anderson, I made donations to a center here in New York City that provides assistance to homeless LGBT youths, and to an organization that delivers meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses.

Fighting Bigots with Bigotry: A Fool's Defense Mechanism

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 02.10.2015 | Gay Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

The urge to respond to bigots with bigotry is natural, but it's misguided. It's a fool's defense mechanism, a failed attempt at a syllogism.

Beirut Seminar Targets Arab Media Hate Speech

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.15.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The seminar that included participants from Syria, Yemen, Qatar, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Iraq, Algeria and Turkey ended with an eight-point statement to combat hate speech and promote actions to further ethics, good governance and self-regulation.