July 31, 2008

There Can Be No "Hate" Speech

"The Supreme Court in Pennsylvania has declared the 'hate crimes' laws used to jail the Philadelphia 11 in 2004 violated the state constitution. In a four-line statement this week, the court said the ruling from the lower Commonwealth Court 'is affirmed for the reasons ably set forth in the opinion of the Honorable James Gardner Collins, which opinion is adopted as that of the Supreme Court."
How can you have both 'free' and 'hate' speech? We have some legal limits on speech - libel and slander for example. But what is hateful is nothing but an opinion, and likely to change from person to person, time to time and even in context.

The source is WND.