By: EthicsDaily Staff Blasphemy laws remain 'astonishingly widespread,' according to a new U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom report. Seventy-one nations retain such laws, with 59 allowing imprisonment upon conviction.
By: Robert Parham When does provoking hatred cross the line from free speech to irresponsible speech? What the Pamela Gellers of the world do may be legally acceptable. But that doesn't make it morally right.
By: David Kerrigan In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine, do we best honor freedom of speech by defending offensive speech? Or should we be using it to challenge tyranny and injustice?
The Supreme Court upheld the free-speech rights of Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church, but the fundamentalist pastor doesn't grasp a profound principle of Christian ethics that balances conviction and consideration.
Freedom of speech has always given rise to extremists who abuse that freedom. When rhetoric turns violent, we need to do something about it. It's time to tone down the rhetoric and find a way to work together.