posted on Dec, 30 2017 @ 01:19 PM
I find it to be an interesting question; where do you draw the line between inciting violence or hatred, making threats and just "spouting off"
So, it is being argued that this person didn't really do anything wrong because they said "I hope
that somebody assassinates him" (or words to
that effect) and didn't actually say they would or actually outright call for it
So what if a Muslim cleric stood up in the mosque and said "gee, I sure hope someone round here blows themselves up in a shopping centre"
What if a scary looking white dude said "gee, I sure hope that other scary looking white dudes get together and send those black/Hispanic/Asians back
where they came from"
Or a police chief said "I sure hope that police officers specifically target black people for stop and search"
What if, in any of the above scenarios, people actually went out and did those things? Would we say that the ones publicly 'hoping' for those things
were innocent of any wrongdoing?
Personally, I think people should be able to say whatever they like.. i don't think this person should resign. If they are an elected official then
folks will have the opportunity to have their say about the comments come election time.
I'm just curious where others draw the line..
edit on 30-12-2017 by Indrasweb because: (no reason given)