Curbing Hate Speech

It seems one little ray of hope has shot itself through the dark clouds hovering over international politics and anti-terrorism efforts.

British lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban glorifying terrorism, giving Prime Minister Tony Blair a badly needed victory on a measure he said was key to preventing future attacks.

I'm all for free speech, but not when it's used to incite others to murder innocents. Or riot, or disrupt elections, or behead Westerners. You know, the usual.

If this bill helps the British diminish the spread of the Islamic ideology that Westerners, specifically Jews and Christians, should be killed, enslaved or converted, I'm fully behind them. Some in their House of Commons, however, have a heart felt, fundamental issue with imprisoning those guilty of propagating such hatred.

Opponents say the ban would be dangerous and unnecessary, pointing out that extremists such as the radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri have been convicted in Britain under existing laws against incitement to murder and racial hatred.

Am I missing something?

Oh, right. People have already been arrested for similar acts. Therefore, expanding the effective laws would be dangerous. Got it.

Read the rest here.

One more thing: Will this mark the end of the BBC as we know it?

Posted by Portia at February 15, 2006 10:26 AM | TrackBack