RELIGION, FREE EXPRESSION AND “HATE SPEECH”
July 30, 2020
In Oregon, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese is backing an effort to have a
Protestant billboard removed because it states that the pope is the
“Anti-Christ.” A spokesperson for the church declared, “I do not believe
hate messages should fall under the aegis of freedom of speech. Hate
messages are simply unacceptable no matter at whom they are directed...”
Many groups and individuals feel the same way. In New York, there have
been protests against an antigay billboard which displays Bible verses
condemning homosexuality. In Chicago, a priest has been behind efforts to
physically mutilate and deface advertisements for beer, liquor and
Are their limits to the First Amendment? Who decides? Should any
“insult” or criticism of religious ideas and institutions be prohibited as
“hateful” conduct? What about the claim that “hateful” speech leads to
violent, hateful deeds?
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