Hate Spin: The Manufacture of Religious Offense and Its Threat to Democracy
Religious and cultural intolerance are not always spontaneous developments; rather there are times when strategic campaigns emerge from opportunists who seek the opportunity to incite fear and prejudice against those of different religions. George refers to these strategies that promote anti-democratic values as “…‘hate spin’—a double-sided technique that combines hate speech (incitement through vilification) with manufactured offense-taking (the performing of righteous indignation” (George, 2016). Although seen worldwide, George hones in on intolerance in “…India’s Hindu Right, America’s Christian Right, and Indonesia’s Muslim Right” that are frequent users of “hate spin” and the inherent discrimination and/or violence that accompanies these efforts (George, 2016). However, as Sandra Braman states in the editor’s introduction, the greater emphasis is placed on its use as a political tool, not on the effects. George expresses the need for the government to lead in using anti-discrimination laws to protect believers; in doing so, the current laws and regulation are critiqued (George, 2016). This is an important book that highlights important work that needs to be done in the world today.
George, Cherian. (2016). Hate Spin-The Manufacture of Religious Offense and Its Threat to Democracy. Cambridge: MIT Press.