Blasphemy, insult and hatred - Finding answers in a democratic society (Science and Technique of democracy No.47) Print

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 ideas 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.

The book has been published with support of the Council of Europe, but the opinions and views expressed in the book are responsibilities of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy of the Council of Europe.

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