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Tolerating IntoleranceThe Price of Protecting Extremism$
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Amos N. Guiora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199331826

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199331826.001.0001

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The Complexities Defining Extremism

The Complexities Defining Extremism

(p.1) 1 The Complexities Defining Extremism
Tolerating Intolerance

Amos N. Guiora

Oxford University Press

This chapter first attempts to define extremism in civil society. It then discusses the civil rights movement and how it challenged basic norms and mores of American society in the 1950s and 1960s. It considers the FBI's unceasing focus on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which raises disturbing and pertinent questions such as: Was King an extremist and did he pose a threat to society in a manner that would endanger members of society? The chapter also examines debates surrounding the First Amendment. It discusses three free speech issues that confronted the American public in the past few years: a Koran-burning pastor; Christian extremists demonstrating at funerals of US military personnel; and an assistant attorney general (Michigan) who specifically targeted a University of Michigan student who was student body president and a homosexual.

Keywords:   civil society, civil rights movement, limiting speech, First Amendment, free speech, Martin Luther King Jr

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