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Joseph Steinfield: Blasphemy in Modern Times

May 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

The concept of “blasphemy” has its roots in the Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, and in the Quran as well.  The United States no longer punishes people for blasphemy, but many other countries continue to do so.  Salmon Rushdie’s “Satanic Verses,” the Danish cartoons, the Charlie Hebdo caricatures of Muhammad – these are examples of “blasphemy in modern times.”

This talk, with accompanying slides, will address the question of how these and other instances of “defamation of religion” have affected our society, and how we should balance freedom of speech with respect for religious beliefs.  A portion of the presentation will involve active audience participation.

This program is free and open to all.

SteinfieldJoseph D. Steinfield is a New Hampshire native who has resided part-time in Jaffrey since 1986.  He is a trial lawyer, teacher, and writer.  His book “Claremont Boy: My New Hampshire Roots and the Gift of Memory,” was published by Bauhan Publishing in 2014.

Over the span of five decades, Joe has represented clients in a wide variety of cases, including complex business disputes, First Amendment litigation, intellectual property disputes,  and civil rights cases.  In 2000 he served as counsel for the New Hampshire Legislature in its investigation of three members of the state Supreme Court and as prosecutor in the impeachment trial of the Chief Justice before the New Hampshire Senate.

Joe is an adjunct professor of law at Boston College Law School and the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  He has taught American constitutional law as a visiting lecturer at Russian universities in Maykop, Adygheya, and St. Petersburg, and in April 2016 he will serve as a Visiting Lecturer of Law at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia.

Joe is known locally for his monthly column in the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, as well as occasional editorials in other local media.


May 24, 2016
7:00 pm
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