Tag: Free Speech


Student Activism at Yale: Rethinking What Is Worthy of Our Outrage

Are you following the drama of the costume scandal transpiring at Yale University? I don’t know whether to laugh or cry but something is off on our campuses. Here is the story in a nutshell. Thirteen Yale administrators co-signed a pre-Halloween letter, advising students on how to dress for Halloween so as not to offend their fellow students. The committee’s email acknowledged that students “definitely have a right to express themselves,” but hoped they would “actively avoid those circumstances that threaten our sense of community or disrespects, alienates or ridicules segments of......

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Let's Talk About Free Speech

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: This week, regents at the University of California-Berkeley declined to enact a proposed policy known as a “Statement of Principles Against Intolerance.” It was a wise move, because the statement itself was an attempt to legislate away what we can only resolve with real relationships and dialogue. Maybe there’s a role for those kinds of rules, about what a person can and can’t say, but we’d all do well to ask, “How will we commit to speaking to each other, about the most divisive......

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Are Racist Chants Free Speech?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: The University of Oklahoma has expelled two students and shut down the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in swift response to a video that showed racist chants. I have to wonder if “we’re on a collision course between protecting free speech…and responding to the very real issues of race that still exist in this society.” Watch my video below for more insight and discussion. Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their stories explore a wide range......

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The Funny Thing About Taking 'Charlie Hebdo' Seriously

It is a very serious time in France, especially for the Jewish community. And yet, at the center of the storm is a very unserious entity, the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Its editors may be best known for caricatures of Muhammed (venerated as a prophet by many throughout the world), but they made their living by ridiculing just about anything anyone took seriously, including themselves. The cartoonist known as Luz, who owes his survival to running late to an editorial meeting, has expressed how the assault that robbed him of his friends......

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Je Suis Charlie...or Not?

The rallying cry Je Suis Charlie (“I am Charlie”), referring to the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 11 journalists were murdered in the name of Islam last week, has become popular on placards, posters, t-shirts and more – not only in Europe, but here in the U.S., where pro athletes recently sported the slogan on their pregame workout clothes. But what does it mean to identify yourself with Charlie Hebdo, a publication which for years has specialized in being not only purposefully provocative, but blatantly offensive – and not only to Muslims,......

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