challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur


The Limits of Free Speech

For fear of a “Clash of Civilizations”, the Western world increasingly backs down on human rights, and freedom of speech in particular.

Can democracy be exported to the Middle East?

The question is an old one, of course. Basically, it is the question of whether democratic values are ripe for export.

Khomeini v. Rushdie

Many people are under the spell of historicism when they tell us that for the Arabic world is it “too early” to expect liberal democracy.

Freedom of speech as the second pillar of freethought

What should the reaction of open or liberal societies be to the assault we experience on the principles on which they are based?

Freethinkers are right to contend that religion deserves to be criticized

Some people think religion has no real influence on what happens in the world. This group is composed of believers and unbelievers alike.

Religion has to be subjected to criticism

The attempt to argue that the evil sides of religion are simply “not religious” is not convincing. Religion has to be subjected to criticism.

Biblical Violence and Modern Legal Practice

Is it likely that Deuteronomy 13 still has a degree of influence on our penal law, for instance in clauses about blasphemy?

Biblical Terrorism: The Story of Phinehas

We learn from the story of Phinehas that not only organized but also unorganized religion poses challenges we have to meet.

The Bible on Apostasy

A good place to start on the scriptural foundations of violence in the Bible is with Deuteronomy 13:1-3 (punishment of apostates).

Why Are “Moderates” so Reluctant to Criticize Religion?

The outright rejection of the idea of scriptural authority seems to be more straightforward and intellectually promising than any alternative.