Hate Speech, or Attack on Free Speech?


French Court Convicts Three over Homophobic Tweets, in Case Hailed as a ‘Significant Victory’ by LGBT Rights Campaigners

From the article:

A French court has handed out convictions for anti-gay hate crimes on Twitter for the first time, after three people used the hashtag “let’s burn the gays”.

In what a major French LGBT rights group called a “significant victory”, three people were convicted in a Paris court this week after they accompanied tweets with hashtags including “let’s burn the gays on…“ or “#brûlonslesgayssurdu).”

While I do agree that it isn’t right to go around bashing people and saying hateful things…  Do people have a right not to be offended? What will be the end result, or unintended result of everyone being offended? Will we have to watch every word that comes out of our mouths because someone, somewhere, will take offense? Especially since that offense may include fines, and jail time.


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Posted January 23, 2015 by Sue Says in category In the News

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