Turley And Waldron To Debate Hate Speech At Rice University

Hate speech and the First Amendment in focus at Rice April 9

'Hate Speech and the First Amendment'

I will be participating in a long-planned debate over the banning or criminalization of hate speech in the United States. I will be debate NYU Professor Jeremy Waldron, one of the leading proponents of new speech regulations. He is the author if The Harm in Hate Speech (Harvard University Press, 2012). The debate will be held on Tuesday, April 9th at Rice University in Houston.

The event, hosted by Rice’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance, is free and open to the public. Registration is required at www.eventbrite.com/e/hate-speech-and-the-1st-amendment-a-dialogue-tickets-58682833936.

Here is the description and details:

What: A discussion titled “Hate Speech and the First Amendment: A Dialogue”

Who: Jonathan Turley, the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University Law School, and Jeremy Waldron, University Professor at New York University Law School.

David Leebron
, president of Rice University and a legal scholar, will serve as moderator.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. A reception will follow the event.

Where: Rice University, McNair Hall’s Shell Auditorium, 6100 Main St. Parking is available in the Central Campus Garage. For directions, see http://business.rice.edu/directions-and-parking.

Established by a gift from Houston philanthropists Milton and Laurie Boniuk, the Boniuk Institute is dedicated to nurturing religious tolerance and advancing religious literacy; respect and mutual understanding among people of all and no faiths, especially youth through research efforts; educational initiatives; and community engagement.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.

42 thoughts on “Turley And Waldron To Debate Hate Speech At Rice University”

  1. Mark Twain’s books are banned in many schools and are not taught in schools. Why? Because of the N word affiliated with Jim. And other words considered to be wrong.
    Did Twain hate Jim? I don’t think so. When Jim got to the juncture of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers he got to go north up the Ohio to freedom.
    Down the road from this year there will be many words castigated as hate speech. I think that itchBay will go that way, even if it is in Pig Latin. Blazing Saddles (a movie) will get sent down the sewer.
    Hopefully kids who vape will get hated and kids who smoke tobacco will be banned from colleges.
    CC will be the new dynamic. That stands for College Correctness.

  2. All our freedoms come from the barrel of a gun. Try to take away our right to insult and you will rightly get your head blown off. That’s America, baby.

  3. The Left have become everything they always accused the Right of becoming, only worse.


    YouTube just deleted Hunter Avallone’s entire channel for making fun of SJWs. Says he didn’t even have any strikes, but they completely banned him. He’s a conservative millennial who had over 600,000 subscribers, now censored for WrongThink.

  4. Here’s Waldron’s thesis. It reads better in the original Hunan dialect of Mandarin:

    “For constitutionalists, regulation of hate speech violates the First Amendment and damages a free society. Waldron rejects this view, and makes the case that hate speech should be regulated as part of a commitment to human dignity and to inclusion and respect for members of vulnerable minorities.”

    1. They just can’t grasp the nature of American freedom – the maximal freedom provided to individuals and the severe limitations and restrictions on infinitesimal government established by the Constitution.

      “CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour asked former FBI director James Comey on Tuesday if he should’ve restricted people from saying “lock her up” because the phrase amounts to “hate speech.”

      – Thee DC

  5. Timely debate. Will it be available to watch either on TV or online?

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