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Transphobia, Islamophobia and the free speech alibi

Dec 5 2017 — Jasmin Zine — “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” This quote, often attributed to the 18th-century French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire (but actually based on the paraphrasing of his work by English biographer, Evelyn Beatrice Hall), has been used as the hallmark for freedom of speech as […]

Transphobia, Islamophobia and the free speech alibi

Dec 5 2017 — Jasmin Zine — The framing of Motion 103, combatting Islamophobia, may seem like a distant concern to the free speech debate in universities, but it is in fact related in the way the so-called “alt-right” uses free speech as a rhetorical prop in their campaigns of ideological intimidation. Here: Protesters rally over motion M-103, the Liberal anti-Islamophobia motion, […]