posted on Mar, 29 2009 @ 03:32 AM
All proscriptions against hate speech are very bad, they are assaults against the power of reason, and they place some individual judgments in a
position of power over the equivalent judgments made by others without any actual intellectual justification (that I have ever heard).
Hate speech should be as widely considered sacred as the right to freedom of religion.
This can be more easily recognized when it comes to this issue of hate speech against religions...Many persons have decided quietly that, to put it
bluntly, not all religions are created equal, and that some religions as a practical matter are more troublesome and hostile to non-group-members than
others (and if you don't believe me and say that that's stereotyping, give me six months and a small stipend and I bet I could start up a religion
that could be almost universally recognized as trouble and not worthy of the protections extended to the religions of others). Thus in a typical PC
let's-pretend irony, people fear that by noticing or commenting upon the pockets of pre-existing hatred or criminality among adherents of some
religion, they can be accused of hate speech when they are expressing their observations with cool neutrality.
Hate speech, if it is factually incorrect, will be refuted when it is presented.
And if it is factually correct, why should it not be said? This is how discourse advances knowledge in all human endeavors.
And as to your question of how this new religious hate speech bit will affect ATS...ATS is already miserably weak, conventional, unexamined and
bourgeois on this one topic of hate speech...I think they will do whatever they are supposed to, as soon as they can figure out whatever that is, so
as not to damage the commercial potential of the site as an income-generating property. Which is their right, actually. So.