challenging religious privilege in public life

Paul Cliteur


The Rudi Carrell Affair and its significance for the tension between theoterrorism and religious satire

Rudi Carrell (1934–2006) was a Dutch‐born television personality who became one of the most beloved show masters on German television.

“Go Ghost” – Offence, Democratic State Duties & Theoterrorism

Contemporary political leaders all seem to give the same advice to citizens in western states, viz. not to provoke the terrorists.

The Challenge of Theoterrorism

The term “theoterrorism” is used because the terrorism we are confronted with nowadays is terrorism based on an idea of the “theistic god”.

The Varieties of Atheist Experience

We clearly need a special word for the denial of the orthodox idea of the divine. ‘Atheism’ seems not a bad choice for this word.

Advocates Are Fighting For A Burqa-Free Europe. Will They Get It?

Advocates for a burqa-free Europe have faced vigorous opposition from those who claim burqa bans encourage anti-Muslim stereotyping.

The Principle of Freedom of Expression: Death of a Princess

The documentary Death of a Princess (1980) was one of the first large-scale attempts to stifle freedom of speech in European nation states.

Atheism as an Unpopular Position

It seems that the nature of the rejection of atheism has changed, but there still is, so it seems, a widespread condemnation of it.

Falling prey to relativism

The postmodern relativistic – or nihilistic – position makes Western societies easy prey for the ideology of radical Islamism.

Freedom of Expression and Religion: Salman Rushdie’s Critics

Rushdie was targeted not only by terrorists who wanted to punish him for his blasphemous novel, but also by public intellectuals.

The Burqa Challenge to Europe

The veil is first of all an instrument of men’s power over women. It is not an accident that men do not wear the veil.