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John Chuckman

EXPANSION OF A COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN THE INDEPENDENT

 

It is an interesting question why Mr. Zuckerberg hasn’t removed Trump’s comments on Muslims from Facebook as he has done with so many kinds of comments.

Selective outrage?

But of course “hate speech” is an absurd concept.

It is often not only a charge on its own in some places, but police are sometimes reported to be investigating, say, a murder to see whether it was a “hate crime.”

As though one kind of murder can be somehow worse than another and a murderer more terrible because of his thoughts.

But we have many such absurdities today.

Israelis have taken the same approach at times to killings abroad, investigating whether they were “anti-Semitic,” again there is the same thought process that one murder can somehow be worse than another murder because of the beliefs of the murderer.

And think of the people who’ve actually done substantial jail time for denying the earth is a globe. I refer, of course, to the ridiculous legal charge in some jurisdictions of “Holocaust denial.”

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