challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur


What Judaism, Christendom, and Islam Have in Common: Theism

Judaism, Christendom, and Islam differ in some aspects. But none of these differences can hide the similarity in their understanding of God.

“Who Are You to Tell Believers What to Believe?”

The ultimate goal in the process of trying to understand what people believe is to make fruitful communication possible.

Moral and Political Secularism

The critic must be able to place himself or herself over against the religious tradition. That presupposes what may be called moral autonomy.

Is There Another Way to Discover the Truth than by Free Discussion?

Many people (including the Pope) think that if speech is left free, false views will generally be more easily adopted than true ones.

Social Criticism not Identical with the Urge to Provoke

We all think – at least most of us – that Darwin had to publish the Origin in spite of “sorrow” or “pain” or “hurt…

People Are Not Being Insulted for Having a Religion

If, under the mantle of political correctness, it were possible to dispose of religious criticism, the social costs would be enormous.

Freethought under Fire

In the 1960s and 1970s many people seemed inclined to think that freedom of speech was vitally important. Nowadays, it is less popular.

Intolerance not Restricted to Islam

What should be the state and society’s reaction to these assaults on the principle of freedom of speech by religiously motivated zealots?

Freedom of Speech and Philosophers on the Index

Countless books now considered indispensable works of the Western tradition were for a long time suppressed by the Catholic Church.

The Deontological and Utilitarian Justifications for Free Speech

All new ideas were, in a way, won over hurt feelings, shattered worldviews – all new ideas generated resistance and opposition.