Freedom of Expression Must Include the License to Offend

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Tuesday, October 16, 2006

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  • Gourevitch

    For

    Philip Gourevitch

    Editor of the Paris Review and writer for the New Yorker

  • Hitchens

    For

    Christopher Hitchens

    British author, journalist, literary critic and public intellectual

  • Signe Wilkinson

    For

    Signe Wilkinson

    Editorial Cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News

  • Cesarani

    Against

    David Cesarani

    Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Khan

    Against

    Daisy Khan

    Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement

  • Mari Matsuda

    Against

    Mari Matsuda

    Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and an activist scholar

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Philip Gourevitch

For The Motion

Philip Gourevitch

Editor of the Paris Review and writer for the New Yorker

Philip is author of A Cold Case (2001) and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda (1998), winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the LA Times Book Prize, and in England, the Guardian First Book Award.

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Hitchens

For The Motion

Christopher Hitchens

British author, journalist, literary critic and public intellectual

Now living in Washington, DC, Christopher contributes an essay on books each month to the Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of more than ten books, is a contributing editor of Vanity Fair and has written for American and British periodicals, including the Nation, the London Review of Books, Granta, Harper’s, Slate, etc.

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Signe Wilkinson

For The Motion

Signe Wilkinson

Editorial Cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News

Signe is the author of One Nation, Under Surveillance, and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1992. Her editorial cartoons are syndicated by the Washington Post Writers Group.

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David Cesarani

Against The Motion

David Cesarani

Research Professor in History at Royal Holloway, University of London

David is a British scholar specializing in Jewish history and has written and edited over a dozen books. He has advised the British government on commemoration of the Holocaust. In 2006, he was recognized in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list for services to Holocaust education.

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Daisy Khan

Against The Motion

Daisy Khan

Executive Director of the American Society for Muslim Advancement

ASMA is a non-profit religious and educational organization dedicated to building bridges between the American public and American Muslims. As wife of Imam Feisal of Masjid al-Farah in New York City, Khan mentors young Muslim women who face challenges of cultural assimilation in America and counsels Muslims on marital and spiritual issues.

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Mari Matsuda

Against The Motion

Mari Matsuda

Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and an activist scholar

Mari specializes in the fields of torts, constitutional law, legal history, feminist theory, critical race theory, and civil rights law. She was the first tenured female Asian American law professor in the US at UCLA School of Law. Matsuda is the author of numerous books with Charles R. Lawrence III.

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Declared Winner: For The Motion

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  • Comment Link Paul Newcomb Tuesday, 13 May 2014 16:40 posted by Paul Newcomb

    I'm offended, therefore it should be illegal.

    Khan seems to think that since something isn't of value to her, it must not be of value to anybody else. What a self centered and completely obtuse point of view. She would like to make it illegal to say something simply because she personally does not find value in it? So.....what if other people find value in it? Is she the arbiter of what is considered to be of value? What a horrible argument....no wonder Hitchens had an outburst. She's making outright fallacious arguments, and there is NO possible way that she's not aware of this.

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