After two Chinese tourists were arrested in Germany for making Nazi salutes in front of the Reichstag, Handler sent out a Tweet suggesting that a law criminalizing racism would be “nice” for the United States.
The Reichstag was burned on February 27, 1933 after Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor of Germany. The incident was used to blame the communists and help the Nazis take control. Hello, the Chinese are communists. They were also said to be joking around!
The two men now face charges for “using symbols of illegal organizations.” They were released after posting bail of €500 each.
Arresting people for their beliefs increases the hate. It does nothing to deter. And who gets to decide what is racist speech? Chelsea?
It would put a chilling effect on speech. Germany arrests people for anything they don’t like people saying about government or religion. We should be very grateful that we have free speech in the United States.
Handler appears to want to criminalize and regulate speech. She and her ilk are the dangerous ones. We do a better job defeating evil when we can see it and hear it.
Maybe we should arrest her for her bad jokes.
Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley responds
As renowned lawyer Jonathan Turley wrote on his blog, “Attempts to criminalize speech have never succeeded in deterring dangerous thoughts. What they do succeed in doing is fuel greater and greater criminalization as groups demand greater protections from hateful or degrading or harmful speech.”
Turley writes: We have previously discussed the alarming rollback on free speech rights in the West, particularly in France (here and here and here and here and here and here) and England (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). Much of this trend is tied to the expansion of hate speech and non-discrimination laws. Ironically, we have even seen comedians targeted with such court orders under this expanding and worrisome trend. (here and here).
There’s no end to who we could arrest.
— (((L.N. Smithee))) (@LNSmithee) August 7, 2017
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