Friday, November 20, 2015Since 1791, when the First Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted, the free exercise of religion and the protection of free speech, press, and assembly, have been enshrined as deeply held American values. Yet free speech and religion have historically, and recently, sometimes been at odds. These conflicts have occasionally resulted in vitriol and even violence, as witnessed in the January 2015 murders of journalists, editors, and cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo publication in Paris. Web connectivity and the 24-hour news cycle have enabled nearly immediate transmission of news, and sometimes, nearly immediate social unrest. Recently, religious freedom legislation claiming to protect religious belief and practice has emerged in several state legislatures across the country. Through the lenses of Constitutional law, journalism and communications, cultural practice, and public security, this conversation examines the rights and limitations of free speech - and the rights and limitations of holding and practicing personal beliefs.
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out some of the highlighted resources.
- Faith in public debate : on freedom of expression, hate speech and religion in France & the Netherlands by Esther Janssen
- Islam and controversy : the politics of free speech after Rushdie by Anshuman A Mondal
- First Amendment Stories by Richard W. Garnett and Andrew Koppelman
- Speaking freely : trials of the First Amendment by Floyd Abrams
- How free can religion be? by Randall P Bezanson
- Religious freedom and the constitution by Christpher L Eisgruber
- The tragedy of religious freedom by Marc O. DeGirolami
- Bielefeldt, Heiner. "Misperceptions of Freedom of Religion or Belief." Human Rights Quarterly 35.1 (2013): 33-68
- Kahn, Robert A. "Flemming Rose, the Danish Cartoon Controversy, and the New European Freedom of Speech." California Western International Law Journal 40.2 (2010): 253-290.
- Maussen, Marcel, and Ralph Grillo. "Regulation of Speech in Multicultural Societies: Introduction." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 40.2 (2014): 174-93.
- Malik, Maleiha. "Religious Freedom, Free Speech and Equality: Conflict or Cohesion?" Res Publica 17.1 (2011): 21-40.
- ACLU: Your Right to Religious Freedom
- Religious Freedom Project
- Newseum Institute Religious Freedom Center
- International Association for Religious Freedom
- Suda Ishida, Professor, Communication Studies and Director, International Journalism Program, Hamline University
- Heidi Kitrosser, Professor, University of Minnesota Law School whose specialization includes Constitutional Law
- Steve Sacks, Editorial Cartoonist, Minneapolis Star Tribune
- Fadwa Wazwaz, Editor-in-Chief, Engage Minnesota, a media voice for Minnesota Muslims
- Kimberly Hewitt, Director, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, Office for Equity & Diversity