Punk Protest, Bad Video Art, and “Religious Insult”

by Irina Papkova there’s an eerie similarity between the reaction of some Orthodox believers to Pussy Riot and the worldwide protests against “Innocence of Muslims.” Continue Reading →

Everybody’s Sacred Cows or Nobody’s Sacred Cows? Equality for Impieties

By Austin Dacey F. M. Husain was hounded out of his native India…by Hindu conservatives outraged by his nude portaits of Hindu goddesses. Continue Reading →

Everybody's Sacred Cows or Nobody's Sacred Cows? Equality for Impieties

By Austin Dacey F. M. Husain was hounded out of his native India…by Hindu conservatives outraged by his nude portaits of Hindu goddesses. Continue Reading →

The Trouble With "Religious Hatred"

By Austin Dacey Opponents of hate speech laws contend that there is no evidence to suggest that the state can successfully bring about ethical behavior by the force of law. Bigotry is flourishing across Europe, for example, despite its robust hate speech laws. Continue Reading →

The Trouble With “Religious Hatred”

By Austin Dacey Opponents of hate speech laws contend that there is no evidence to suggest that the state can successfully bring about ethical behavior by the force of law. Bigotry is flourishing across Europe, for example, despite its robust hate speech laws. Continue Reading →

A Human Right to Blaspheme?

by Austin Dacey Do you have a human right to blaspheme? Ask a philosopher and you may get two different answers. Continue Reading →

The Globalization of Blasphemy

by Austin Dacey The Indian Penal Code was drafted in 1837 by the Indian Law Commission…In their commentaries, the commissioners observed that India is “pregnant with dangers” because of a susceptibility to “religious excitement” peculiar to Muslims and Hindus. Continue Reading →

How Blasphemy Got Personal

by Austin Dacey Fifty-six years before Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses thrust blasphemy into the spotlight of Western public discourse, the literary debut of a young medical doctor named Rashid Jahan was generating more excitement than she could have imagined. Continue Reading →

Calvin’s Geneva? The New International Discourse of Blasphemy

By Austin Dacey The Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards was meeting to address “gaps” in an international human rights treaty on racism and racial discrimination. Continue Reading →

Calvin's Geneva? The New International Discourse of Blasphemy

By Austin Dacey The Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards was meeting to address “gaps” in an international human rights treaty on racism and racial discrimination. Continue Reading →