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JackRiddler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-19-07 11:05 PM
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15. The Polish "objection" shows where this leads...
Incitement to violence is already amply covered by the law. Now what qualifies as trivializing Stalinism, as the decidely right-wing nationalist Polish government would define it? What if you fail to support some right-winger's inflated estimate of how many victims Stalin claimed, does that become a crime? What about denying the crimes of the Inquisition? I have met people in Europe - leftists - who would like to criminalize 9/11 skepticism! If you start specifying which speech is criminal - you'll end up with everything either prohibited or compulsory. I can see this for Germany alone and its very own Nazi genocide, but one step beyond that and you're on the slippery slope. This isn't a European question, either - it's about the most basic of political rights for all people: to say really stupid and objectionable things, if you believe them, without fearing prosecution and imprisonment.
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