Towards the Abolition of Hate Speech Bans: A ‘Viewpoint Absolutist’ Perspective
Religious Pluralism and Human Rights (Titia Loenen & Jenny Goldschmidt, eds.), 2007
11 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2019
Date Written: 2006
By the mid-20th century crimes of blasphemy had been either formally abolished in Western democracies or had become dead-letter. In recent decades, however, blasphemy laws have re-emerged as hate speech bans. To be sure, seemingly anti-religious motives sometimes only thinly veil unmistakably racist or other discriminatory sentiments. However, offenses against religious doctrine, irrespective of their motives, remain fundamentally incompatible with basic principles of democratic citizenship.
Keywords: free speech, First Amendment, discrimination, human rights, religion, democracy
JEL Classification: Z10
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