posted on Feb, 5 2008 @ 04:22 AM
Here's a thing. Freedom of speech, this "human right" that so many people get so pompous about, is not a given. It is an extremely precious and
hard-earned commodity. It is not enjoyed by everyone on the planet, unfortunately. It is not something you have at birth so much as something you are
very fortunate to be born into. It should be appreciated as such.
With such a precious gift as freedom of speech should come responsibility. Used with responsibility, freedom of speech is among the world's most
powerful weapons. Abused, freedom of speech can be among the world's most dangerous weapons.
Another fundamental human right is, or ought to be, the right not to be persecuted for any particular religious belief or point of view. That right is
no more or less important than freedom of speech. The truth is we have to achieve a balance. In other words, if your use of freedom of speech
threatens another person or group of people's right not to be persecuted, you are abusing that freedom. Freedom of speech is not the be all and end
all of society - it is part of what at times is an extremely delicate structure. It does not and should not override all other human rights.
I'm not going to go into whether there is anything wrong with "holocaust denial", partly because this topic has been dealt with at length in other
threads and there is nothing new in anything posted above, and partly because the biggest and most obvious thing wrong with "holocaust denial" is,
and has been demonstrated to be, the theory itself. All I would say in direct response to the OP is that, if questioning the historical facts of the
holocaust and its legacy is done purely in a spirit of enquiry, nothing should stop that study being done. If those questions are asked to create
controversy, to court attention, or inspired by a prejudice against or dislike for any particular race of people, it is moronic abuse of a human right
you do not any longer deserve. There are people in other countries fighting for the right to freedom of speech that would regard that waste with
bewilderment and horror.