Fighting words that are not fought

Sindre Bangstad is discussing the question if  the freedom of speech become freedom to hate?  He takes part in a discussionforum  well-known as the  The Immanent Frame. The forum was founded in October of 2007 in conjunction with the Social Science Research Council’s program on Religion and the Public Sphere

“Under what conditions does freedom of speech become freedom to hate?” Judith Butler recently asked. Here I will explore these issues in light of recent developments concerning the freedom of speech in Norway. I will argue that applying a cosmopolitan liberal approach to freedom of speech (i.e., along U. S. First Amendment lines) in a European context in which anti-Muslim and anti-immigration discourses are becoming ever more poisonous and pervasive risks underestimating the power dynamics inherent to the practice of free speech in contemporary Europe as well as overestimating the “mainstream” political and intellectual will to mobilize against the populist right-wing’s instrumentalized Islamophobia.

Emneord: Freedom of speech, Islamophobia, Blasphemy, Europe, Geert Wilders, Islam, Religion, Norway, Race, Racism, Ronald Dworkin, Timothy Garton Ash
Publisert 22. juni 2011 14:25 - Sist endret 25. feb. 2014 08:49