(CNN) — A German court has convicted the founder of an anti-immigrant group of hate speech.
Lutz Bachmann, who once posed as Adolf Hitler in a selfie and coined verse about the Ku Klux Klan, was found guilty Tuesday of inciting hate speech on Facebook, said Birgit Kleeve, spokesperson for the district court in Dresden, Germany. [Why is that Nazi factoid relevant? – Dave]
Bachmann was first charged last October of posting Facebook comments describing refugees, mostly Muslims, as “cattle,” “filth” and “scum.”
He was sentenced to a fine of €9,600. He will not face prison.
The court said Bachmann openly insulted the human dignity of refugees who came to Germany from war-torn countries, maliciously acting and inciting hatred against them.
He incited hatred, but not violence. I don’t support this character, what he says or what he stands for. I do think that as we see formerly rational places starting to punish people for speech or ‘hate,’ we’re seeing a very dangerous trend.