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Old 11-15-2007, 08:11 AM   #7
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Noprayersneeded wrote View Post
Why is it a jailable offense to deny the holocaust if it's true? If it's true it should stand up to questioning. If you feel up to it...
I don't believe it should be a jailable offense. I used to think it should before I realized the importance of free speech.
It is an emotional law more than anything else.
In Germany, they are very hard on deniers, it is part shame and guilt (emotions) for being a country that was involved in such a heinous act, and one rational reason: to try to keep it from happening again (but I think that is just an excuse for the emotional reasons).
There is a fine line between free speech and hate speech (speech that incites genocide and death), but then again there are laws against making public threats in most Western countries.
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