Putting Faith in Hate: When Religion is the Source of Subject of Hate Speech
Presented in partnership with the Ryerson Centre for Free Expression
November 23, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
80 Gould St. (at Church), Room 103
Many recent hate speech cases in Canada and elsewhere involved religion either as the source of views that are alleged to be hateful or as the subject of such views and sometimes as both. This talk will examine some of these controversies – focusing primarily on the regulation of anti-Muslim speech and speech that ridicules religious beliefs, practices and symbols.
Speaker: Richard Moon
Richard Moon is professor of law at the University of Windsor. He is also the author of The Consititon Protection of Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Conscience and Religion, and editor of Law and Religious Pluralism in Canada. He wrote an influential report for the Canadian Human Rights Commission in 2008 – “The Regulation of Hate Speech on the Internet.” He has won both the law school and university-wide teaching awards as well as the Mary Lou Dietz Award for contributions to the advancement of equity in the university and community.
Discussant: Randy Boyagoda
President of PEN Canada; Novelist; Professor of English at Ryerson
Moderator: James L. Turk
Director, Centre for Free Expression