An ADF attorney in Europe has written a book that warns of the
dangers of "hate speech" laws.
In Censored: How
European 'Hate Speech' Laws are Threatening Freedom of Speech,
Alliance Defending Freedom's Paul Coleman
describes 30 hate speech legal cases in which people of faith have
paid a price for standing on their beliefs.
"No one should be punished
for expressing their beliefs," he contends. "Nonetheless, free
speech is under attack.
"Even though Communist regimes in Europe have fallen, pastors
are being arrested for preaching sermons from the Bible,
journalists have been routinely fined, and even private
conversations between citizens have resulted in criminal
investigations. The state continues to censor speech it considers
The book seeks to challenge such laws by arguing that
criminalizing speech is intolerant and leads to a culture of
censorship. Coleman adds that such laws are so vaguely worded, they
are arbitrarily enforced "and have become a way of shutting down
debate on controversial issues."
He concludes that free speech is something that ought to be
valued, not punished.
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