Blasphemy, Insult and Hatred: Finding Answers in a Democratic Society

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Council of Europe, Jan 1, 2010 - Social Science - 313 pages
Mutual understanding and acceptance is perhaps the main challenge of modern society. Diversity is undoubtedly an asset, but cohabiting with people of different backgrounds and ideals calls for a new ethic of responsible intercultural relations, in Europe and in the World.

This book tries to answer a series of pertinent and poignant questions arising from these issues, such as whether it is still possible to criticise ideas when this may be considered hurtful to certain religious feelings; whether society is hostage to the excessive sensitivity of certain individuals; or what legal responses there may be to these phenomena, and whether criminal law is the only answer.
 

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Contents

United Kingdom
2
Applicable international standards
3
Czech Republic 161
13
General remarks 22
19
Conclusions 32
40
and racial discrimination adopted on 13 December 2002 37
19
Excerpts from reports presented at the international
19
the limits of liberalism
35
Georgia 172
153
Bosnia and Herzegovina
3
The Netherlands 198
11
Spain 212
25
Croatia
159
Analysis of domestic laws on blasphemy religious insult and inciting religious hatred on the basis of replies to a questionnaire 229
164
The Netherlands 279
209
Poland 288
241

Whose responsibility? The case of Iran
51
Blasphemy in the Greek Orthodox legal tradition
65
from Collision to Coexistence
121
contrasting views on Articles 9
123
Appendices to the Report by the Venice Commission 147
149
Romania 299
247
Turkey 304
249
United Kingdom 306
250
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