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Hate Speech, Dignity, and the Westboro Baptist Church

Lola DiNizio

Title:
Hate Speech, Dignity, and the Westboro Baptist Church
Author(s):
DiNizio, Lola
Thesis Advisor(s):
Schiffrin, Anya M.
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Type:
Theses
Degree:
M.A., Columbia University
Department(s):
Institute for the Study of Human Rights
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Abstract:
This thesis analyzes America’s approach to free speech and hate speech in comparison to international law. Focusing on 2011 Supreme Court case Snyder v. Phelps, I will discuss how the court’s approach to expression fails to comply with standard human rights norms. I will compare domestic and international approaches to hate speech, as well the harms of such expression to dignity. Additionally, I will trace the history of the Westboro Baptist Church, American definitions of hate speech, and the development of international law approaches to expression.
Subject(s):
Human rights
Freedom of speech
International law
Hate speech
Dignity
Westboro Baptist Church (Topeka, Kan.)
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