The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law

Edited by Paul Cliteur and Tom Herrenberg

The Fall and Rise of Blasphemy Law

Edited by Paul Cliteur and Tom Herrenberg

Distributed for Leiden University Press

With a Foreword by Flemming Rose
268 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $43.50 ISBN: 9789087282684 Published August 2017 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
In contemporary politics two conflicting trends have influenced freedom of expression. The first confirms that many Western countries have become less strict about sacrilegious expression and repealed their blasphemy laws or withdrew much of their punishment for blasphemy. Yet the second trend manifests in an opposing movement, often couched in terms of religious freedom, which attempts to reconcile free speech with freedom of religion by punishing expressions deemed, for instance, “hate speech.” With contributions by scholars from a wide range of disciplines, this book offers an examination of topical issues relating to both of these movements, looking at freedom of expression, censorship, and blasphemy in contemporary multicultural democracies.
 
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