Religious Freedom and Religious Hatred in Democratic Societies
HUMAN RIGHTS 2006: THE YEAR IN REVIEW, Marius Smith, ed., pp. 155-168, Monash University, 2007
14 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2007
I have started this paper with quite a strong outline of the real damage done by hate speech - whether it is the low level harassment in a country like Australia that turns life into a series of painful humiliations for its victims or the poisonous racial propaganda that lead human rights expert observer William Schabas who visited Rwanda a year before the genocide to conclude that the 'road to genocide in Rwanda was paved with hate speech.'
I begin in this way, because in this paper I wish to explore my own ambivalence about laws banning hate speech - particularly laws banning religious hate speech or vilification. This is not a paper giving my version of the right answer to the complex issue of how to deal with religious hate speech. It is a paper about questions, concerns and the sharing of ideas.
Keywords: hate-speech, racial vilification, religious, democratic, democracy, Australia
JEL Classification: K42, K1, K3
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