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How to Modernize Religious Traditions

Moral autonomy and the rejection of divine command ethics are possible within the framework of a religious worldview.

Freedom = Criticism of ALL Religions Is a Fundamental Right

Once one enters the public sphere, religious beliefs are not protected from scrutiny, debate, criticism, and ridicule.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on free speech

In Hirsi Ali’s view, we need more depictions of Muhammad, including an Islamic version of Monty Python’s Jesus comedy, The Life of Brian.

Criminalizing speech is unworthy of an open society

In a society of increasing diversity, criminalizing speech that defames religions would put us on the road to a tyranny of silence.

In a democracy no one can have a right not to be insulted or offended

In today’s grievance culture, with its identity politics, the grievance lobby has succeeded in shifting the fulcrum of the human rights debate.

Kant’s Struggle with Moral Autonomy and Free Speech

Kant’s position on moral autonomy does not fundamentally differ from that of Thomas Paine, but he put it far less bluntly than Paine did.

Why We Must Defend Free Speech

Leading Nazis, such as Joseph Goebbels and Theodor Fritsch were all prosecuted by the Weimar Republic for their anti-Semitic speech.

Funny’s Funny: Humor Is an Essential Freedom of Speech

Taking offence has never been easier, or indeed more popular: many have developed sensitivity so exquisite that it has become excessive.

An Assessment of Divine Command Ethics

Divine command ethics has the reputation of being a stable basis for morality. Even among unbelievers this reputation is seldom contested.

Blasphemy Is Not Racism

We’re in a clash of ideologies. The liberal western tradition of freedom of speech (however tarnished) is anathema to fundamentalist Islam.

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