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Gettin’ Punchy With the Pontiff

Guest Post: Lushington D. Brady

Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. After working as a freelance music journalist, auto worker, railway worker, taxi driver, small business owner, volunteer firefighter and graphic designer, Lushington Dalrymple Brady decided he finally had an interesting enough resume to be a writer. Miraculously, he survived university Humanities departments with both his critical faculties intact and a healthy disdain for Marxism. He blogs at A Devil’s Curmudgeon. Lushington D. Brady is a pseudonym, obviously.

The Public Sphere and the Private Domain in the Free Speech Wars

“If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch” – Pope Francis

When Pope Francis argued that the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists had invited violence on themselves because they had insulted Islam, just as if someone had insulted his own mother, he didn’t just contradict basic Christian teaching . His threat also betrayed a fundamental misunderstanding of an important tenet of free speech, namely the distinction between the public sphere and the private, and the norms appropriate to each.

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