Freedom of Speech: A Christian, Jewish, Atheist, and Muslim Perspective

I’ll be speaking on behalf of atheism this Thursday evening. If you’re in Austin, feel free to come by. If not, I’m told it will be live streamed and will try to put up the link when I can.

Freedom of Speech panel at UT

Facebook event page

April 16, 6:30PM, Welch Hall Room 2.122

Tiff’s treats and samosas will be served as refreshment.

Update: Here’s the video.

The video starts while people are still arriving. To skip the small talk, an invocation begins at about 6:00, and the actual talk starts at 9:40.


  1. Narf says

    Hmm, pretty sure I already know what the Muslim’s position is on the subject. I’ve already heard about freedom-of-speech, from many imams. It will be interesting to see if this guy is any different.

    And what’s up with Amelia? What’s she doing teaching men? And for that matter, what is she doing out of the kitchen?

    So, how do you get one Christian to represent what Christians think about a political issue? How is that even a thing? The fact that she’s a female reverend means she goes utterly against what a lot of American Christians think. Islam seems to be a bit more unified in the opinions of the religious leaders, probably in part because it’s currently thriving within theocracies.

    I’d be more interested to hear from the minority-position imams and hear how they justify their non-consensus opinions on the subject, but then they would be bad choices to hold up as representative, on a panel like this.

    Do you know anything about this guy, Russell? Is he from that liberal mosque that I heard some of the ACA people (I think Tracie, maybe, and one or two others?) talk about having visited?

  2. Narf says

    Eh, they’re both worshiping a false god who is a puppet being manipulated by Satan. What’s the difference?

  3. Nick says

    This debate is interesting as entertainment from anyone who would seriously oppose any sort of freedom of speech (religious nuts). There is too much deference for these religions as someone gets irked by the order displayed in the ad above. Everything is open to criticism and people may be offended, but that’s simply too bad. The university should really pay attention to this debate as there are plenty of cases of students not being able to say what’s on their mind in discussion sections due to backlash of people’s feelings and common extreme-left ideology that sounds inherently paradoxical. It’s frustrating we even need this debate.

  4. Nick says

    I know the irking thing is a joke, but some people would truly get hung up on order of the different faiths.

  5. Canadian Antitheist (@CDN_Antitheist) says

    Just an fyi, the Muslims will be Ahmadi and not Sunni. Be aware of sectarian obfuscation.

  6. Narf says

    @7 – Nick

    There is too much deference for these religions as someone gets irked by the order displayed in the ad above.

    That wasn’t deference from Jasper; it was OCD. The representatives were listed at the top in the order of: Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist. The symbols went: Muslim, Jewish, atheist, Christian. The photos went Jewish, Muslim, atheist, Christian.

    The horrible formatting mismatch was getting to Jasper.

  7. L.Long says

    Until the xtian taliban gets enough power to change the laws to protect their delicately balanced beliefs in their imaginary fiend, I don’t care what they think on the subject. If they are liberal then they are OK with blasphemy which will violate their book o’BS. If they are sure the ridicule we deal out is wrong, well they will continue to be sad.
    It is VERY easy for the ridicule we deal out to these religions to essentially end…..join the secular gov’mint moment and stop shoveling your BS up our asses thru changes in laws to force us into your mold, i.e. Don’t like abortions? Then don’t get one and leave the rest of us alone! Try to make your BS into law and I continue to ridicule you and your BS!!!! Out loud and often.

  8. Andres Villarreal says

    This discussion was, maybe, a little too amicable, easy going, and hosted by the nicest people possible.

    At least it shows that reasonable atheists and reasonable theists agree that we can all live in a society tolerant society where harsh positions can be voiced and can contribute towards advancement.

    Unsurprisingly, all holy books seem to have the most open positions towards disagreement. Funny how I seem to remember something else, also in the same books. What was it? Never mind. Back to you when I remember.