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A crowd gathers near the University of California, Berkeley campus during a rally for free speech on April 27, 2017. Demonstrators gathered amid a strong police presence in anticipation of controversial speaker Ann Coulter. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

New legislation may make free speech on campus less free

New laws pending in Wisconsin and North Carolina would require public universities to punish students who disrupt campus speakers. But these laws would do more to hinder free speech than protect it.
Stained glass window depicting a heretic in the Cathedral of Saint Rumbold in Mechelen, Belgium. Heretic image via

Blasphemy isn’t just a problem in the Muslim world

A recent case of comedian Stephen Fry being accused of blasphemy is a reminder that blasphemy laws are not unique to the Muslim world.

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