Date: 10/30/2014

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Location: New York Public Radio (160 Varick St., Manhattan)

Price: Free, RSVP here

In partnership with the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Free Speech NOW! campaign, is hosting a major free public debate on the question 'Should even hate speech be free speech?'. Featuring a transatlantic panel including: FIRE president Greg Lukianoff spiked editor Brendan O'Neill author and activist Wendy Kaminer, and former ACLU president and author of Defending Pornography Nadine Strossen, Across the Western world there are many who seem to think that some ideas should be suppressed. In Europe, individuals have been arrested and fined, even jailed, for criticising homosexuality in church sermons or for handing out leaflets critical of Islam. In the US, there might not be actual laws against hate speech, but the idea that hateful speech is harmful and dangerous is gaining ground. A YouGov poll this week found 51% of US Democratic voters support the introduction of hate-speech laws, and on campuses, where students find themselves censured for "harassing" people with words and ideas. 'Should even hate speech be free speech?' is a unique opportunity to hear leading free-speech advocates address the rise and rise of hate-speech legislation and codes, and debate whether some words and ideas are just too hateful for public life and if a genuine commitment to freedom of speech means defending the right to speak hatefully.

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