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The First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech: Is it Worth Defending?

Thu, Sep 28, 2017, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

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The First Amendment’s Freedom of Speech: Is it Worth Defending?

Deborah Weiss
Attorney and Policy Analyst

Tuesday, September 28
4:00 PM 

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.
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About the lecture:

America’s First Amendment is unique, providing Americans with protection for speech that would be deemed illegal in many other countries. Even in Europe, most countries have hate speech laws in one form or another. Against the backdrop of university safe spaces and trigger warnings, the push by American Muslim groups to protect Islam from “defamation,” and proposed legislation by some in Congress to condemn certain types of speech, we must ask the question: is it time for a new standard of speech in America, or is the First Amendment’s freedom of speech still worth defending?

About the speaker:

Deborah Weiss, Esq. works for Vigilance, an organization dedicated to educating elected officials and the public on national security-related issues. Ms. Weiss is considered an expert in the Defamation of Religions UN resolutions, Enemy Threat Doctrine, and Muslim Brotherhood stealth tactics.

Ms. Weiss is an author and contributor to several books, and most recently has authored the monograph “The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jihad Against Free Speech.” Previously, Ms. Weiss served as a Counsel for the Committee on House Oversight in Congress, worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Giuliani Administration, and was the Manhattan Director for the Forbes for President Campaign. Ms. Weiss is a regular contributor to FrontPage Magazine, and has been published in National Review Online, The Weekly Standard, American Spectator Online, The Washington Times, American Security Council Foundation, American Thinker and Human Events Online.

Ms. Weiss regularly appears on syndicated and local radio stations nationwide analyzing terrorist attacks and threats to free speech. A partial listing of her work can be found at


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