Barbarians at the gate

Baruch,

This is so stupid. Who wants to be a part of this? Whatever happened to free speech? the FT:

Laws that make denying or trivialising the Holocaust a criminal offence punishable by jail sentences will be introduced across the European Union, according to a proposal expecting to win backing from ministers Thursday.

The only restriction on free speech should be incitement to violence. The new law is against that, but also against hate speech. Why? Are people going to stop hating if they can’t articulate their prejudices? Wait, let me answer that: No.

[National laws] will also have to criminalise “publicly condoning, denying or grossly trivialising crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes” when such statements incite hatred or violence against minorities.

Not every atrocity qualifies for the privilege, however:

Diplomats stressed the provision had been carefully worded to include only denial of the Holocaust – the Nazi mass murder of Jews during the second world war – and the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. […]

In an attempt to assuage Turkish fears, several EU diplomats said the provisions would not penalise the denial of mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman troops in the aftermath of the 1915 collapse of the Ottoman empire. Turkey strongly rejects claims that this episode amounted to genocide.

Well, at least I’m glad the Belgians and the Sudanese got off easy. Wouldn’t want to crimp their style. And we can still deny that the slave trade existed, or deny that the Spanish decimated South American natives, etc… And finally, everyone in the Muslim world can now punish “insults to Islam” and not have to worry about Europeans making free speech arguments, because the Europeans, Muslims can now gleefully point out, have their own sacred cows.

This whole continent is adrift, I tell you.

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1 thought on “Barbarians at the gate”

  1. So right, Bento my dear fellow. I have nothing to add to this, my agreement is wholehearted.

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