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Paul Coleman, Nadine Strossen, Brendan O’Neill to discuss free speech Tuesday

WHO: ADF International Executive Director Paul Coleman, New York Law School Professor Nadine Strossen, Spiked Editor Brendan O’Neill

WHAT: Panel discussion: “Should we be free to hate?

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan. 29, 6:30 p.m. EST

WHERE: New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, Room W400, New York. Attendance is free; please register in advance.

NEW YORK – Spiked U.S. and the New York Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society will host a panel discussion Tuesday on hate speech and its impact on fundamental freedoms. Speakers will include Paul Coleman, Nadine Strossen, and Brendan O’Neill, all of whom will address the question, “Should we be allowed to say what we want freely, even if some deem it ‘hateful’?”

“In many European countries, the government wants to shut down debate on ‘hot topics’ like immigration, marriage, sexuality, and the critique of other religions. Ministers, journalists, and even private individuals have faced criminal charges as a result,” said Coleman, who has written widely on the subject and is the author of the book, Censored: How European “Hate Speech” Laws are Threatening Freedom of Speech. “Nonetheless, speech laws are not only a growing concern in Europe. Even in the U.S., censorship on campuses, in churches, and in the political sphere is growing.”

Censored addresses the rise of “hate speech” laws in Europe and their devastating effect on freedom of speech. In Germany, for example, committing an “insult” can be a criminal offense, while in Poland offending “religious feelings” carries a two-year prison sentence. Such examples, along with 50 different cases described in the book, show how “hate speech” laws are readily being used in Europe. In the U.S., there are growing calls for similar “hate speech” laws.

ADF International is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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