Faith in Public Debate

Faith in Public Debate Author Esther Janssen
ISBN-10 178068309X
Year 2015-04
Pages 654
Language en

Should a politician be free to fiercely attack the religion of a sector of the population? Should he be allowed to strongly reject the culture of a particular minority group? Should religious adherents be allowed to advocate the transition from a democratic to a theocratic state? Should a satirical magazine be free to mock religious figures and practices? These sort of questions concern 'the place of faith in public debate' and continue to dominate public discussion that has been fueled by a series of events, including: the terrorist attacks in New York, Madrid, and London * the assassination of Dutch film director Theo van Gogh * the affair of the Danish cartoons * the prosecution of Dutch politician Geert Wilders for his statements on Islam and Muslims * the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The overarching questions triggered by these events concern the relationship between freedom of expression and the regulation of 'hate speech': Which forms of hate speech should the state prohibit? On what grounds? By which means? Notably, the restriction of hate speech uttered in the context of the public debate - about multiculturalism, immigration, integration and Islam, and of religious fundamentalism - has become a topic of lively discussion. This book constitutes the first international comparative study that provides a profound analysis of the law on hate speech in France and the Netherlands, as well as under European and international law. It thoroughly examines the national legislation, its drafting history, policy, and other legal documents and case law. (Series: School of Human Rights Research - Vol. 68) [Subject: International Law, European Law, Comparative Law, Human Rights Law, Religious Law, Politics]

The Harm in Hate Speech

The Harm in Hate Speech Author Jeremy Waldron
ISBN-10 9780674065086
Year 2012-06-04
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher Harvard University Press

For constitutionalists, regulation of hate speech violates the First Amendment and damages a free society. Waldron rejects this view, and makes the case that hate speech should be regulated as part of a commitment to human dignity and to inclusion and respect for members of vulnerable minorities.

State Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law

State Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law Author Jeroen Temperman
ISBN-10 9789004181489
Year 2010
Pages 382
Language en
Publisher BRILL

This book presents a human rights-based assessment of the various modes of state religion identification and of the various forms of state practice that characterize these different state religion models. This book makes a case for the recognition of a state duty to remain impartial with respect to religion or belief in all regards so as to comply with people s fundamental right to be governed, at all times, in a religiously neutral manner. As this book demonstrates through the various case studies there is increasing interest and concern at the manner in which questions concerning the enjoyment of the right to the freedom of religion or belief bear upon key questions concerning the governance of democratic society. Issues raised involve matters concerning employment, education, expression, association and, more generally, the interface between religion and political life. The existing literature often traces these concerns back to the need to consider the place of religion in contemporary society but leaves matters there. Another body of academic literature explores the theoretical dimensions of that relationship but fails to connect it to the practice of states in order to test out the propositions which are the product of these reflections. The great virtue of this work is that is seeks to unite these various enterprises and engages head on with the challenges which this produces The aim is to demonstrate and illustrate the key contention: that there is an emergent right to religiously neutral governance, and that this is incompatible with the continuation of systems which offer preference to particular forms of belief system religious or otherwise. A chief virtue of this book is that it works through the consequences of this claim in a fearless fashion, posing challenges for those states which continue to use their legal frameworks to offer support (directly or indirectly) for historical, dominant or favoured forms of religion or belief. It challenges received assumptions and, by driving the logic of contemporary human rights thinking to the foundations of state-religion relationships performs a valuable service for those engaging with this most difficult and timely of questions. Malcolm D. Evans, Professor of Public International Law, University of Bristol

Freedom of Expression and the Media

Freedom of Expression and the Media Author Merris Amos
ISBN-10 9789004207745
Year 2012-07-26
Pages 264
Language en
Publisher Martinus Nijhoff Publishers

Freedom of expression – particularly freedom of speech – is, in most Western liberal democracies, a well accepted and long established, though contested constitutional right or principle. Whilst based in ethical, rights-based and political theories such as those of: justice, the good life, personal autonomy, self determination, and welfare, as well as arrangements over legitimate government, pluralism and its limits, democracy and the extent and role of the state, there is always a lack of agreement over what precisely freedom of expression entails and how it should be applied. For the purposes of this book we are concerned with freedom of expression and the media with regard to the current application of legal standards and self-regulation to journalistic practice.

Is Critique Secular

Is Critique Secular Author Talal Asad
ISBN-10 9780982329412
Year 2009-11-01
Pages 154
Language en
Publisher Univ of California Press

In this volume, four leading thinkers of our times confront the paradoxes and dilemmas attending the supposed stand-off between Islam and liberal democratic values. Taking the controversial Danish cartoons of Mohammad as a point of departure, Talal Asad, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler, and Saba Mahmood inquire into the evaluative frameworks at stake in understanding the conflicts between blasphemy and free speech, between religious taboos and freedoms of thought and expression, and between secular and religious world views. Is the language of the law an adequate mechanism for the adjudication of such conflicts? What other modes of discourse are available for the navigation of such differences in multicultural and multi-religious societies? What is the role of critique in such an enterprise? These are among the pressing questions this volume addresses.

Reconciliation After Violent Conflict

Reconciliation After Violent Conflict Author David Bloomfield
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105111804477
Year 2003
Pages 177
Language en
Publisher International Idea

This handbook presents a range of tools that can be, and have been, employed in the design and implementation of reconciliation processes. Most of them draw on the experience of people grappling with the problems of past violence and injustice. There is no 'right answer' to the challenge of reconciliation, and so the handbook prescribes no single approach. Instead, it presents the options and methods, with their strengths and weaknesses evaluated, so that practitioners and policy-makers can adopt or adapt them, as best suits each specific context.

Freedom for the Thought That We Hate

Freedom for the Thought That We Hate Author Anthony Lewis
ISBN-10 046501819X
Year 2010-01
Pages 221
Language en
Publisher Basic Books

Chronicles the history of the free expression clauses of the First Amendment, describing the judges, lawyers, and activists that participated in the legal and political conflicts over freedom of speech and the press in the United States.

America Alone

America Alone Author Mark Steyn
ISBN-10 0895260786
Year 2006-10-01
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Regnery Publishing

Arguing that the anti-Americanism of Europe may force America to stand alone in the world against global terrorism and other threats, the author paints a chilling portrait of a nation surrounded by enemies and less-than-loyal allies.

Free Speech

Free Speech Author Timothy Garton Ash
ISBN-10 9781782390312
Year 2016-05-24
Pages 123
Language en
Publisher Atlantic Books Ltd

Never in human history was there such a chance for freedom of expression. If we have Internet access, any one of us can publish almost anything we like and potentially reach an audience of millions. Never was there a time when the evils of unlimited speech flowed so easily across frontiers: violent intimidation, gross violations of privacy, tidal waves of abuse. A pastor burns a Koran in Florida and UN officials die in Afghanistan. Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, Timothy Garton Ash argues that in this connected world that he calls cosmopolis, the way to combine freedom and diversity is to have more but also better free speech. Across all cultural divides we must strive to agree on how we disagree. He draws on a thirteen-language global online project - - conducted out of Oxford University and devoted to doing just that. With vivid examples, from his personal experience of China's Orwellian censorship apparatus to the controversy around Charlie Hebdo to a very English court case involving food writer Nigella Lawson, he proposes a framework for civilized conflict in a world where we are all becoming neighbours.

The Interpretation of Cultures Text Only

The Interpretation of Cultures  Text Only Author Clifford Geertz
ISBN-10 9780008219475
Year 2016-09-29
Pages 356
Language en
Publisher HarperCollins UK

'One of the most articulate cultural anthropologists of this generation. Geertz has consistently attempted to clarify the meaning of 'culture' and to relate that concept to the actual behavior of individuals and groups.' -Elizabeth Colson, Contemporary Sociology