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  •  But to directly answer your questions (0+ / 0-)

    Sorry ...

    (a) Putin's definition of Hate Speech sucks because it's whatever he wants it to be.

    (b) Pussy Riot is probably guilty of trespassing. So what? Scrub the floor is adequate punishment in my opinion. My wife is the judge in our house and usually she makes me clean the floor as punishment for trespassing and it works great, our floor is usually clean.

    (c) Bad taste is not a reason to shun people. When you consider the personal clothing selected by some people we depend on, it could prove self-defeating. Defiling a place of worship is highly disrespectful of worshipers and maybe they should do a week in jail to think about it. Learn some respect for others. I'd also like to have a talk with their parents.

    Since I have not actually proposed any such laws but am just soliciting the opinions of others, I cannot say exactly how such laws would be best defined, but what I have in mind is that advocating violence, discrimination or holding people up to public ridicule for their person might be where some bright lines are drawn, and I think a critical element is actually how something is presented, which opens a big can of worms in our modern electronic era - technology has turned many things upside-down.

    Obviously there are many problems such as allowing for parody and serious discourse, and we can't punish untalented artists (although I may allow an exception for politicians who express themselves inelegantly). Seriously, I understand the problems of defining Hate Speech in generic terms so it is not too limiting or open to abuse.

    But I think the Germans may actually have a done it, although I won't rule out the importance of the integrity of their judicial system to avoid abuse.

    But go to linked remark for some discourse that explains where this comes from and is going, I tried to at least frame the picture and put numbers where the colors go.

    The diarist asks some excellent basic questions.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 08:55:08 AM PDT

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