More Speech Censorship

John Stossel’s Take
Fox Business
10/6/2010

Should it be illegal to publicly compare the Koran to Hitler’s Mein Kampf? To say that it “incites hatred and killing”?

America’s First amendment protects such comments, but most countries have no such free speech guarantees.

Dutch politician Geert Wilders made the claims above, and today he goes on trial for it. If he’s convicted of “inciting hatred and discrimination”, he faces up to two years in jail…

…And Wilders is not such a sympathetic character. He doesn’t even support free speech — he supports banning the Koran, and Muslim headscarves.

But offensive opinions like his should still be allowed to be heard, because we can’t trust government to decide what is “offensive”…

Read the complete article at John Stossel’s Take.

Ann Althouse links to a report on the Westboro Baptist Church’s First Amendment case (Snyder v. Phelps) currently being heard by the Supreme Court of the United States:

…The facts of Snyder v. Phelps are probably already familiar to you, which familiarity assuredly delights the members of the tiny Westboro Church. The Phelps clan stages protests at, among other things, military funerals, to make the point that American soldiers are dying because of American tolerance of homosexuality and other assorted sins. Albert Snyder prevailed at a jury trial on claims that the Phelps demonstration at his son’s funeral was an invasion of his privacy and an intentional infliction of emotional distress…

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