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Exposing European 'hate speech' laws

Charlie Butts   ( Saturday, January 05, 2013

An ADF attorney in Europe has written a book that warns of the dangers of "hate speech" laws.

Censored: How European 'Hate Speech' Laws are Threatening Freedom of Speech (book cover) -- by Paul ColemanIn 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.

Coleman, Paul (ADF)"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 dangerous."

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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