Blasphemy: Hate Speech or Human Right? By Dr. Austin Dacey Willey 125 2/24 7pm

Thanks to Campus Atheists, Skeptics and Humanists for organizing this informative talk.

Blasphemy: Hate Speech or Human Right? A Talk by Dr. Austin Dacey, WILLEY 125 (WEST BANK) WEDNESDAY, February[masked], 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Dr. Austin Dacey, former United Nations representative for the Center for Inquiry, will be giving a talk on blasphemy laws and their impact on the future of human rights and international law. Some background: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which turned 60 years old in December 2008, guarantees everyone the right to freedom of expression, even on sensitive religious subjects. Shockingly, instead of working to uphold this right, in
recent years the United Nations has passed resolutions “combating defamation of religions” that urge U.N. member states to limit free speech out of respect for religious beliefs.

Capitalizing on concerns about discrimination and “Islamaphobia” in the post-9/11 climate, a political coalition of Islamic states called the Organization of the Islamic Conference has effectively hijacked the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, squelched dissenting voices, and declared its intentions to criminalize blasphemy under international law. Dr. Dacey is a philosopher, writer and human rights advocate based in New York City. His writings have appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, USA Today, and Science. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS ON A WEDNESDAY. NO EVENT THURSDAY! SORRY FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. Afterwards we'll go out to eat.

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  • Bruce

    Kristine and I didn't make it - just felt like lounging the couch and not worrying about people trying to kill us. Perhaps next time.

    February 25, 2010

  • Lauri S.

    Penetrating insights about a topic of which I'd not been aware.

    February 25, 2010

  • Ken K.

    I am so happy I attended. Very smart and informative - my brain was growing.

    February 24, 2010

  • George K.

    I wanted to see Dacey's book but when I left there were none available for sale.

    February 24, 2010

  • George K.

    Very good presentation and Q&A, although not much was new. Very disappointing that we did not get out a better attendance for such an important speaker.

    February 24, 2010

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