Counter-Protest Done Right

Hemant Mehta shared the above image from a counter-protest to Westboro Baptist Church's protest at a Lorde concert. That is what it means to counter-protest. Responding to hate with hate is simply joining in the hatred, not objecting to it. To take a stand against hatred, your words and actions need to express the opposite [Read More...]

Mr. Putin Goes to Church

On Tuesday,┬áNadieszda Kizenko, Patrick Michelson, and Paul Valliere spoke at Butler about religion and freedom of expression in Russia, focusing on the now famous case of the punk band Pussy Riot and their “Punk Prayer” video that got so much attention on Facebook. The video of the lecture is now available, and I want to [Read More...]

Freedom of Speech = Freedom to Insult, to Criticize, and to Apologize

Many of the recent discussions about “free speech” in connection with the internet video about Islam called “Innocense of Muslims,” the violent reactions to it, and the apologies for it, seem to me to miss the point. In our democracy, within limits to ensure that the safety of people is safeguarded, people can express themselves [Read More...]


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