Freedom from Religion: Rights and National Security

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

byAmos Guiora

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Although many books on terrorism and religious extremism have been published in the years since 9/11, none of them written by Western authors call for the curtailment of religious freedom and freedom of expression for the sake of greater security. Issues like torture, domestic surveillance,and unlawful detentions have dominated the literature in this area, but few, if any, major scholars have questioned the vast allowances made by Western nations for the freedoms of religion and speech. Freedom from Religion challenges the almost sacrosanct inviolability of these two civil liberties. By drawing the connection between politically-correct tolerance of extremist speech and the rise of terrorist activity, this book sets the context for its unique proposal that governments shouldintroduce new limits on religious practice within their borders. To demonstrate the wisdom of this course, the author presents the disparate policies and security circumstances of five countries: the U.S., the UK, the Netherlands, Turkey, and Israel. The book benefits not just from the author's owncounter-terrorism experience in Israel and the U.S. but also from an international advisory group of leading scholars from all five of the countries under review.This second edition includes significant new material analyzing the trial of Warren Jeffs, self-censorship in the face of religious sensitivity, religious extremism and violence in Israel, and the complicated tension in the Netherlands between speech and religion. In it, Guiora responds to public discussion and criticism provoked by the proposal presented in the first edition that governments impose limits on religious extremist practices and speech within their borders. In doing so, Guiora sheds new light on the existential and practical predicamentsconfronting civil democratic society: how much intolerance should the nation-state tolerate and to whom does government owe a duty.

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Although many books on terrorism and religious extremism have been published in the years since 9/11, none of them written by Western authors call for the curtailment of religious freedom and freedom of expression for the sake of greater security. Issues like torture, domestic surveillance,and unlawful detentions have dominated the lit...

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at S. J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah where he teaches Criminal Law, Global Perspectives on Counter-terrorism, Religion and Terrorism, and National Security Law. Professor Guiora was awarded the S.J. Quinney College of Law Faculty Scholarship Award, 2011. Professor Guiora is a Member of ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199975906

ISBN - 13:9780199975907

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Ignoring the Storm2. The Threat of Religious Extremism3. The Limits of Freedom of Speech4. Freedom of Association5. The Role of the Media Regarding Religion6. Separating Church and State7. Free Exercise of Religion8. Cultural Considerations and the Price of Religious Liberty9. Dangerous Ideas and Corporate Censorship10. Confronting the StormRecommended Reading ListAppendix