Home > Civil liberties, Religion > More hate speech crap

More hate speech crap

This kind of thing is a bit frightening. Laws against “defamation of religion?” Gross.

Do we ever see people proposing laws against defamation of liberalism, conservatism, or naive realism? It’s a little strange that we have a group of philosophical positions that is somehow sacrosanct, isn’t it? Islam is pretty worthless. Whoops, I’ve insulted the “dignity” of a religion. Someone fine me. Who the hell thinks that’s logical?

Religion is an idea. It’s not some magical belief that requires a protective bubble in order to avoid offending its adherents’ delicate sensibilities. Shutting down speech critical of it is not a reasonable limit on free speech, it’s the destruction of free speech.

Categories: Civil liberties, Religion
  1. February 9, 2007 at 10:16 am

    You don’t think inciting violence to people because of their religion is actionable? It’s my understanding that hate speech is a crime; why should it not be legislated as such?

  2. February 9, 2007 at 6:50 pm

    Incitement of religious violence is not “defamation of religion.” It’s plainly not what the author cited in the Volokh post is advocating, either. How can you think hate speech is a crime in this country? There are plenty of racist groups in this country that no one is advocating be shut down and its members thrown in jail.

  3. noodly appendage
    February 10, 2007 at 8:20 am

    What Ayatollahs are out protecting the Westboro baptist church from people who talk mean about them, this time?

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: