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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 01.23.2015 | 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 01.15.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.11.2014 | 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.

Afro-Textured Hair: Beautiful and Magical or Nappy Heads in Need of Perminators?

Ama Yawson | Posted 12.02.2014 | Style
Ama Yawson

This type of hair-bullying is not just present in the media. It is present in our homes as learned self-hatred manifests in comments to little girls with looser textures that they have "pretty hair," while little girls with kinkier hair textures are told that they have "bad hair."

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Anti-Semitism: Know It. Name It. Shame It.

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Stephen D. Smith

There is talk of a "new anti-Semitism" sweeping the globe, but all I see is the same irrational hatred aimed at the same perplexed victims, who are once again left wondering what has energized such bile.

Globalization of Hatred

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Stephen D. Smith

While it has never been easier to create a web of hatred online and off, it is still possible to harness the power of the Internet, and our network of communities offline, to create a counter insurgency.

Here's How You Can Fight Anti-Semitic Hate Speech Online

Religion News Service | Lugi Serenelli | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion

BERLIN (RNS) It’s been 17 years since Suzette Bronkhorst co-founded the Dutch Complaints Bureau for Discrimination on the Internet, but she said she...

Openly Lesbian Council Member Heckled, Called 'Filth'

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

When a local resident heckled Jovanka Beckles recently, it was nothing new for the first openly lesbian member of the City Council in Richmond, Califo...

Was Rialto Unified School District's Holocaust Assignment Really About Critical Thinking?

Mark Baer | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Mark Baer

Although a great deal has been written about the "critical thinking" assignment given to eighth graders in the Rialto Unified School District on whether or not the Holocaust ever occurred, I feel compelled to provide my perspective.

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism: What Exactly Is It, And Why Does It Hurt?

Kelsie Brynn Jones | Posted 10.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Kelsie Brynn Jones

Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism, or TERF, is a loosely-organized collective with a message of hate and exclusion against transgender women in particular. They have attached themselves to radical feminism as a means to attempt to deny trans women basic access to health care, women's groups, restroom facilities, and more.

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age

Nancy Leong | Posted 09.18.2014 | Technology
Nancy Leong

Just as cell phones are different from ordinary physical objects, the Internet is dramatically different from earlier speech mediums. And the Court should acknowledge those differences in determining the scope of First Amendment protection for speech.

An Antidote for Islamophobia

Rabbi Rachel Gartner | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Rachel Gartner

The antidote to bad, ill-advised free speech is good, healthy free speech. Judaism teaches that we should begin with righteous rebuke, and then go from there.

Report Says Internet Hate Speech Can Lead To Acts Of Violence

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 05.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Anti-Muslim hate speech on the Internet is commonplace and can motivate some people to commit acts of violence against Muslims, according to a r...

Living and Sleeping With the Enemies?

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 06.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

You don't have to wear a white sheet with a pointy hat and go around burning crosses to be racist. We all harbor prejudices of some kind, and many people are carelessly and casually racist while being perfectly pleasant otherwise. As I see it, racism and homophobia are two sides of the same coin.

Harlem Parents Respond to Local Hate Speech

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I am a Harlem parent. For the last seven years, I've lived near ATLAH Ministry, a church that has made itself notorious for posting hateful screeds...

LGBT Parenting: Does Every Moment Have to Be a Teaching Moment?

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 06.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

As LGBT youth, adults and families know all too well, bullying isn't confined to just the playground, classroom, or cafeteria -- it can happen to anyone, anywhere. And as my wife and I prepare for the birth of our first child, we have to learn when negative actions become a teaching moment.

The September 11 Memorial Museum's Moral Responsibility

Todd Fine | Posted 06.16.2014 | New York
Todd Fine

It is crucial that the terminology the museum uses in this section not generalize and blame the world's Muslims as a whole. We do not provoke Christians by calling the Kansas shooter a product of "Christian terrorism" and implicitly blaming the religion, so why do we continue to tolerate the term "Islamic terrorism?"

Is Maxim 'The Hatchet' Martsinkevich a Political Prisoner?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

This Russian neo-Nazi activist is facing a second prison term. Could he be prosecuted unfairly?