It’s Time to Limit Restrict Hate Speech Essay

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It’s Time to Limit Restrict Hate Speech

Free speech is the backbone that holds democracy together. Without a free speech, ideas would not be challenged, governments would not be kept in check, and citizens would not be free. John Stuart Mill said once that, “If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person then he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.”( Roleff, 21). The right to free speech is essential to “egalitarian democracy,”(Tsesis) however, this right is not absolute and must be limited in certain situations.

Hate speech is one form of expression that should be limited in some
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This speech grew to action, which led Nazi leaders to implement the “Final Solution,” and the massacre of six million Jews. But what about hate crimes today in the United States, how are hate-based murders different from a murder of a random individual. The answer to that question is in the brutality of the crime. Hate crimes are, for the most part, inherently more brutal because of deeply rooted ideals between two opposing groups. This brutality has led many, including former president Bill Clinton to call for legislation against hate crimes (Hellwege).

Yet another important question to ask is, what exactly defines a hate crime? Is what Dr. Laura Schlessinger guilty of a hate crime when she says that individuals are “entitled to respect and kindness as fellow human beings,” when she publicly denounces homosexuality? (Leo). A logical person wouldn’t think so. However, Dr. Schlessinger is coming under heavy scrutiny form gay rights groups protesting the good Doctors radio show and calling for her silence, or, at a minimum, an apology on the subject. Denouncing homosexuality pacifically should in no way be compared to the hostile descent of neo-nazi hate groups. So should both hostile and pacifist discent be limited on the same scale? Pacifist descent should not be limited at all in any case, to do so would be a total suppression of free speech and hostile dissent should only be limited in certain extreme cases. This must be done
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