Tag Archives: Hate Speech (so-called)

How to Smear


There are lots of ways to write a story about a controversial speaker coming to your town. Go to the event. Quote the speaker. Talk to the counter-protesters. Get some background on the speaker and mix it together into a … Continue reading

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Hass Rede ist Verboten


(Blame Google Translate if that’s wrong.) Germany has some tough laws which limit expression. You really can get arrested in Germany for Holocaust denial, owning Nazi memorabilia, or hate speech. Breitbart points out that these laws might be turned around … Continue reading

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Criminalizing Hate Speech — What Could Go Wrong?


From Billie Murray, a Communications Professor at Villanova University, writing in The Hill: Although this is a contentious and complex issue, there is no reason why our democratic institutions cannot develop guidelines for criminalizing hate speech. We already restrict speech … Continue reading

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Actually, We Do Have Punishments for Blasphemy, Just Not Laws


Mark Movsesian at the Law and Religion Forum: At the First Things site today, I have a post on the current blasphemy controversy in Denmark, which Marc discussed here last week. Prosecutors have brought a blasphemy charge against a man who … Continue reading

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Hate Speech Trials Here?


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 … Continue reading

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Where Do You Draw the Line?


I wouldn’t draw it anywhere near this spot. The St. Louis Dispatch has never heard of a slippery slope: There’s no greater supporter of First Amendment rights than this newspaper, but there’s a line between political expression and hate speech … Continue reading

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