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Offensive Speech, Religion, and the Limits of the Law

Nicholas Hatzis

Offensive Speech, Religion, and the Limits of the Law

Offensive Speech, Religion, and the Limits of the Law

Offensive Speech, Religion, and the Limits of the Law

 

Is a government justified in restricting speech offensive to religious belief? If so, what principles are at stake? Drawing on constitutional theory and social and political philosophy, this book discusses the normative reasons that support or negate government interference and their interaction with individual and collective religious freedom.


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Beschrijving Offensive Speech, Religion, and the Limits of the Law

Is the government ever justified in restricting offensive speech? This question has become particularly important in relation to communications which offend religious sensibilities. It is often argued that insulting a person's beliefs is tantamount to disrespecting the believer; that insults are a form of hatred or intolerance; that the right to religious freedom includes a more specific right not to be insulted in one's beliefs; that religious minorities have a
particularly strong claim to be protected from offence; and that censorship of offensive speech is necessary for the prevention of social disorder and violence.

None of those arguments is convincing. Drawing on law and philosophy, this book argues that there is no moral right to be protected from offence and that, while freedom of religion is an important right that grounds negative and positive obligations for the state, it is unpersuasive to interpret constitutional and human rights provisions as including a right not to be caused offence. Rather, we have good reasons to think of public discourse as a space for the expression of all viewpoints about
the ethical life, including those which some will find offensive. This is necessary to sustain a society's capacity for self-reflection and change.


ISBN
9780198758440
Pagina's
208
Verschenen
NUR
801
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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