Is Free Speech For All?


So I’ve just seen a comment on an old post I did on the holocaust. It was posted by someone called Baxter Buber and he simply said:

Hi

Why do you post a photograph of typhus victims as evidence for the so-called Jewish holocaust?

So I asked him to explain himself. No reply. So I checked out his website. A supporter for holocaust deniers.

Normally, I wouldn’t give these type of people the satisfaction of mentioning them in my blog, however his website does bring up an interesting debate. In many countries around the world, holocaust denial is a crime. The countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel,LiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, RomaniaSlovakia, and Switzerland (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Now I whole-heartedly believe that the holocaust existed and these atrocious things occurred (how anyone can deny it is truly beyond me), but do people have a right to believe otherwise? Surely we fought the Nazi’s so we could have the right to deny their actions if we wished without fear or persecution.

Of course, these types of subjects have resonating effects to the present. In today’s world, there is still huge amounts of anti-Semitism and racism in all forms and holocaust denial could be seen as fanning these flames. But I still can’t shake the feeling that these people have a right to believe this, just in the same way I have the right to believe in Allah if I wish even though I live in a country where Muslim extremists have blown up my countrymen and attacked my people (just an example, please don’t start calling me a Muslim hater, cause I’m not!).

I want to post the link to this guys website, but I think openly posting it would be giving too much advertisement to a cause I REALLY disagree with. If you want it, e-mail me and I’ll pass it on.

Please, let’s get this discussion going. It’s an important discuss about free-speech, so let’s express our right too it!

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2 thoughts on “Is Free Speech For All?

  1. Free speach is for all, where we live, but that doesn’t make it right, and there are limits to what is free.
    We also have free choice, which is far more important. We can choose not to believe, or, believe, what someone is saying.
    r

    • I had a seminar at work a few months back on Equality and Diversity and the guy taking it said “you have free speech, as long as it’s not offensive to the majority”. This pretty much sums up Western laws in my mind. Unless we go for the totally liberally approach to all things, this is going to be the way of it. Right or wrong.

      Personally, I disagree totally with alot of what some people say, but agree they have the right to say it. Even if that means allowing hate-mongering psycho’s free leave to spout racist and fascist muck on the streets. We should be living in an enlightened enough age where people like these don’t have power. Unfortunately, countries are run so poorly, that people are desperate and listen to the nut-jobs

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