UPDATE: Just Marveilleux has joined us in the comments.
From a French blogger by the pseudonym Just Merveilleux.
Hate Speech vs. Free Speech
After a discussion this week with an American blogger regarding free speech, I decided to do a little research. Apparently the US is the only developed nation which does not have laws protecting its citizens or groups of citizens from hate speech. To me, it’s a mystifying notion.
If you want to leave a comment on the internet on any French site, you get a little warning. Here’s Yahoo’s:
Meaning: Any comment contrary to current regulations (notably all comments of racist, anti semitic or defamatory character) may lead to your account being terminated.
When appropriate, certain comments you post may also result in judicial prosecution.
The American model of absolute free speech is incredibly outdated- not to mention irresponsible. A civilized society is one in which our freedoms are balanced with those of our fellow citizens. To be allowed to say anything, no matter its veracity, is incredibly dangerous and only actually benefits people who want to defame, and who know they’re slandering.
Shocking that America “is the only developed nation which does not have laws protecting its citizens or groups of citizens from hate speech.”
More interesting than the article, was the collection of comments:
I sometimes can’t see the advantage in arguing certain things with some folks. The Europeans will welcome Shariah under the guise of allowing all people to live according to their culture. “Hate speech” will be banned until it is ultimately used to stifle all speech.
Americans and Canadians might have a chance in this thing. I still hate being an advocate for “hate speech” but I do not want to side with those gentle fascists who think they want others to choose what is “responsible speech.”
Over my dead keyboard.