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Slyder Donating Member (191 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-17-07 10:44 PM
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7. Don't criminalize thought!
It was Elizabeth I of England who said that she did not want windows into the minds of men. She was speaking about matters of religion. For better or worse, free speech means free speech. Deny the Holocaust if you must, but the evidence is rather overwhelming. Rather like denying the existence of the ocean or believing the world is flat. Let them babble and look silly. Or should we make belief in creationism and Ptolemaic astronomy illegal too? Or, conversely, belief in evolution? I don't like setting these kinds of precedents. Adding additional penalties for "hate" crimes bothers me too. The act of vandalism, assault, battery, or whatever should be crime enough. I, as a 21st century American, do no want windows into the minds of men lest someone want to look into mine!
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