Monday, April 11, 2005

FOS part 2 - incitement to violence

I don't have a working definition of what constitutes incitement to violence. Telling someone to go and kill or maim someone else obviously is. Saying that all gays are going to hell probably isn't. Calling for the destruction of the State of Israel possibly is. Spreading leaflets about the Ku Kux Kan possibly isn't. I do believe that when in doubt we should come down on the side of FOS.

An important caveat I must add is to say that if someone uses their right to freedom of speech and that highly influences another person to go off and perform violence, then we should reserve the right to go back and carefully re-examine the words spoken and see whether they had a direct connection with the act done. That will act as some sort of restraint from people overly abusing their right.



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