A vibrant civil-society with robust freedom of expression is best placed to challenge hateful speech, discrimination and sectarian bigotry. Free speech organisations have an important role in this.
What’s the problem?
In a liberal, secular society individuals should be afforded respect and protection, ideas should not. While we must always defend the right to criticise any religion or belief, a secular society is meaningless if it does not protect the rights and dignities of people of all faiths and none. While some may seek to shield religion from any criticism, we must also be wary of criticism used as a cloak for bigotry.
What you can do:
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