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How Religion, Racism and Tribalism Threaten Free Speech

In a panel discussion at Dartmouth College called “Are We Killing Free Speech?,” ARI’s Onkar Ghate appeared with ex-Muslim activist Yasmine Mohammed and talk show host Dave Rubin to discuss current free speech controversies. In a wide-ranging, hour-long discussion, the panelists touched on such issues as:

  • The one-sided, leftist education delivered by most university faculties
  • The fear of speaking out experienced by college students with unpopular opinions
  • America’s failure to respond properly to the Rushdie affair, the Danish cartoons crisis and other Islamist threats to free speech
  • How Christianity and Marxism have fostered today’s widespread victim mentality
  • The spectacle of leftists fetishizing Muslim oppression of women
  • The relationships among identity politics, racism and tribalism
  • The motives of those promoting removal of Confederate monuments
  • The valid meaning of the “melting pot” metaphor
  • Multiculturalism: code word for anti-Americanism
  • Is America basically Judeo-Christian or a nation of the Enlightenment?
  • How respect for religion obstructs rational analysis of the Islamist threat
  • What history tells us about the relation between religion and violence
  • Trump’s denouncement of NFL teams who tolerate national anthem protests: free speech or veiled threat?

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Tom Bowden

Tom Bowden, JD and former civil litigator, is a research fellow and publishing manager at the Ayn Rand Institute. He is also a coeditor of Illuminating Ayn Rand (2022) and a contributing editor of New Ideal.

Onkar Ghate

Onkar Ghate, PhD in philosophy, is a senior fellow and chief philosophy officer at the Ayn Rand Institute. A contributing author to many books on Rand’s ideas and philosophy, he is a senior editor of New Ideal and a member of the Ayn Rand University faculty.

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