[Wikipedia-l] German anti-free speech law and Helga

Fred Bauder fredbaud at ctelco.net
Mon Aug 26 17:07:58 UTC 2002

>> The law considers denying of the holocaust as an insultation
>> of the dead. Insulting someone is not protected by the right
>> of free speech, AFAIK that's the same in the US.
>No, it's not.  Insults are speech too, and often hig art.
>We protect them too, and rightly so.  As our supreme court
>said said, "If freedom means anything at all, it means
>freedom for the thought we hate."

That's why it's a "high art." Avoiding libel and slander is not easly. Most
of our public victims in the US are public figures, covered by an
exception. In Colorado speaking ill is the dead is in the criminal code as
the crime of slander. Never enforced, perhaps unconstitutional, but there.


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