Hate Speech

Ed Brayton gives us an example of why “hate speech” laws are a bad idea: because they cut both ways.

Spain has given us a perfect example of why hate speech laws should be abolished. Who decides what is and is not hate speech? Is it hate speech to condemn homosexuality as a sin? Or is it hate speech to condemn religious leaders for condemning homosexuality? Both? Neither? The organizers of a gay pride event are being charged with hate speech in Spain for attacking the Catholic Church:

A “pro-family” activist group in Spain has filed charges against the organisers of the 2008 Madrid Gay Pride march.
HazteOir accused them of making hateful statements against Catholics, pro-family organisations, and those politicians opposed to the Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party (PSOE).

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