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Yes, violent extremists can use social media to spread lies and recruit disenfranchised communities, but peace advocates can just as easily use social media to counter their messages of hatred and intolerance without stifling freedom of expression.
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Try peeing on an atheist’s lawn or kidnapping a bunch of puppies.
Want to make a quick buck? How about hundreds of thousands? Just say something outrageous, claim you’ve been persecuted, and watch the money roll in.
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In which I attempt to explain to Americans what "colored" means here in South Africa. 
Comedian Trevor Noah was “born a crime” to a black Xhosa mother and a white Swiss father in the final years of South Africa’s apartheid. At that time, officials classified him as “colored,” a label and identity still common here today.
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No no no no no. 
Of course not. When acting on your beliefs extinguishes another’s right to life, you lose.
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News values must trump fear of causing offense. Omitting key newsworthy facts, the name of a team in this case, is just bad journalism.

http://brianpellot.religionnews.com/2015/02/25/charlie-hebdo-redskins-newsworthiness-must-trump-fear-offense/#sthash.wQAeGb0E.dpuf
Obscuring or omitting the very controversy that makes a story newsworthy--be it a Charlie Hebdo cover or the Washington Redskins’ name--is bad journalism, plain and simple.
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The right to bear arms — whether for sport, for self-defense or as a guard against “tyranny” — is not a fundamental human right.  http://brianpellot.religionnews.com/2015/02/17/hate-crime-parking-spat-legal-bullets-killed-chapel-hill-victims/#sthash.Yqc7FPr8.dpuf
America’s Second Amendment and illegal firearms abroad too often deny others their rights to life, freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief.
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Singapore’s laws do more to insulate the government from criticism than they do to protect religious and ethnic communities. If anything good has come from Amos Yee’s conviction it is that this reality, anathema to both freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, has been exposed.
Singapore intolerantly forces tolerance on its residents, crushing criticism and dissent with vague laws that criminalize obscenity and religious insult. The latest victim of this hypocrisy? Foul-mouthed teen blogger Amos Yee.
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I'm speaking at this April 16 in DC. RSVP!
RSVP for this April 16 event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. We'll be speaking about how freedom of religion or belief factor into governments' foreign policy agendas and what role media outlets play in shaping and navigating debate.
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Malaysia is giving Saudi a run for its money in WTFuckery. 3 years ago the country’s religious authorities raided a bookstore and confiscated copies of Irshad Manji’s “Allah, Liberty and Love.” Six days after that the Home Ministry banned the book, a ban that only went into effect three weeks after the raid. Bookstore manager Nik Raina Nik Abdul Aziz was charged with selling the “banned book” even though IT WASN’T BANNED AT THE TIME OF THE RAID. Rather than fessing up to obvious bull, authorities continue to hound this woman with criminal charges. Unforgivable. Bookstores shouldn’t have to censor their stock for fear of government incompetence. Sort your shit, Malaysia.
In May 2012, Malaysia’s religious authorities raided a bookstore and confiscated “Allah, Liberty and Love.” A store manager was charged for selling the "banned" book, which was only banned six days after the raid. Three years later and she’s still being hounded.
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Two ISIS fighters walk into a bar...
From the Middle East to Japan, satirists are standing up to the Islamic State with humor, wit and irreverence. These videos, cartoons and tweets are as silly as they are powerful, showing ISIS we won’t submit to its threat-based censorship.
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Charlie Hebdo. Chapel Hill. Copenhagen. With each assault comes another repackaged statement, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. 
Advocacy and religious groups have rushed to condemn Copenhagen, Charlie Hebdo and Chapel Hill using rehashed boilerplates of their mission statements. Absent new information or productive solutions, these generic missives amount to self-serving press releases unworthy of our time.
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    Modern Middle Eastern Studies, 2010 - 2012
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