In the last decade, we have witnessed growing religion-based hate speech online against groups that are seen as minorities or people that are politically, socially, and culturally targeted. In religion-based hate speech it isn’t only religions that are seen as minorities that are the target of hate speech, but also other identities that are seen as “violating” the values and norms of the religions that regard themselves as the majority. Many times that hate speech even results in violence and destruction.
But is religion-based hate speech a new phenomenon? No. It has been happening even before the internet came into existence. It has long trajectories through time, places, and actors. It has been there, but at certain times it escalates.
In the current moment, governments and technology companies continue to fail to address hate speech and in fact profit politically and economically from the vitriole, violence and attention that it attracts. It is in this context that people, and especially women and LGBTQI+ people have themselves evolved responses and ways of hacking hate. This edition explores how we hack hate, through love, humour, compassion, fighting back, silence and do so in a variety of forms - through podcasts, analysis, illustrations and so on.