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Amos N. Guiora

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199975907

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199975907.001.0001

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Dangerous Ideas and Corporate Censorship

Dangerous Ideas and Corporate Censorship

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(p.127) Chapter Nine Dangerous Ideas and Corporate Censorship
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Freedom from Religion
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RuthAnne Frost

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199975907.003.0009

This chapter examines the issue of censorship in relation to religious tolerance and religious extremism. Focusing on the controversy surrounding Comedy Central's television program South Park, it considers how private entities should deal with religious extremists. It discusses Episodes 200 and 201 of South Park, both of which depicted the Prophet Muhammad, and the veiled death threat issued by Revolution Muslim, a New York-based group of Muslim extremists, against the show's producers, Matt Stone and Trey Parker. It analyzes Comedy Central's decision to censor South Park Episode 201 despite being known for lampooning religions and religious people, including Christians, Catholics, Mormons, Scientologists, and even atheists, celebrities, and politicians.

Keywords:   censorship, religious tolerance, religious extremism, Comedy Central, South Park, Prophet Muhammad, Revolution Muslim, Christians, Mormons, Muslims

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