A case out the United Kingdom is a perfect example of why legislation restricting “hate speech” is a terrible idea. In April 2016, Mark Meecham of Coatbridge, Scotland, posted a YouTube video of his girlfriend’s dog Buddha responding to the words “seig heil” by raising his paw in a Nazi salute and responding to the question “Do you want to gas the Jews?” by jumping to attention.
First they came for the Nazis , and everybody cheered, because to hell with Nazis! We hate Nazis! But today the German authorities came for a far-left website, shutting it down and raiding organizers’ homes. German authorities say this site was used to help foment violent protests at the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, where thousands of leftists marched and some black-clad individuals clashed with police .
This week, The Washington Post joins several other large media outlets in giving commentary space to an academic who thinks the First Amendment maybe shouldn’t protect so much free speech. I’ll give Jennifer Delton—Skidmore College’s “Douglas Family Chair in American culture, history, and literary and interdisciplinary studies”—this much: She’s not disguising her calls for censorship of conservative opinion by claiming this will achieve some sort of racial enlightenment or equality.
The UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) today laid out a renewed commitment to tackling hate crime, including making sure that online offences are being dealt with appropriately. In its public statements , the CPS affirmed that cases of digital hate crime will be treated “with same robust and proactive approach used with offline offending,” and that there is no difference in the serious of such crimes.
Each time horrific political violence is perpetrated that is deemed to be terrorism, a search is immediately conducted for culprits to blame other than those who actually perpetrated the violence or endorsed the group responsible for it.
As I wrote last month, a lawsuit in New York courts has led to an unprecedented (at least in recent years) injunction against criticism of someone who was until recently a presidential nominee to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.