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  •  Those countries are far more homogeneous.... (3+ / 0-)
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    Noisy Democrat, VClib, T100R

    ...than the United States.

    Many countries have already outlawed hate speech, they are not filling their prisons with political dissidents.
    Show me a country that is as heterogeneous as the United States—not just ethnically, but also politically, religiously, and culturally—that has effectively implemented limitations on "hate speech."

    And I wouldn't bring up Europe as a shining example of tolerance, given many European countries' attitudes toward Muslim immigrants and their willingness to permit public expressions of Islam to be outlawed. Switzerland has outlawed minarets, and France has taken aim at hijab, because basic civil rights like freedom of expression and freedom of speech take a back seat to the will of the majority. How is that better?

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 11:37:30 AM PDT

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