From a Federalist article by Alex Grass:
To see where we’re headed, we need only look to Europe, where prosecution for one’s politics has already become the norm.
During a 2014 election rally, Geert Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian and head of the Netherlands’ Party for Freedom (PVV), asked the crowd if they wanted fewer or more Moroccans in the country. Supporters chanted “fewer, fewer,” and Wilders replied, “We’ll take care of that.”
The Hague Public Prosecutors subsequently decided Mr. Wilders had committed a hate crime.
I don’t know much about this Wilders guy, except to say that he has marvelous hair, and he makes people mad. So, he’s their Ann Coulter?
The Atlantic article makes the point that America is headed down the same road as Europe.
That sort of thing has been predicted before. Things which catch on in Europe don’t always find fertile soil here.
On the other hand, listening to college students and Democratic Party politicians, you’d think this “hate speech” bugaboo was about to swallow us up whole. In reality, people have been hateful before, and we’ve lived through it.
If a delicate flower has his/her feelings hurt, we should do what we can to make sure they don’t make a federal case of it. I’m not actually standing up for “hate speech,” but I’m hoping we all agree that political speech especially — but all speech should be protected. My free speech zone is right here under my feet.