Why hate speech laws are an affront to society

Earnest, usually lefty academics and vested interests push for ‘hate speech’ laws to be enacted. There is even a campaign to did such a thing here, and mark my words if Labour and the Greens get into government they will do it too.

These sorts of law are actually an attack on freedom of speech and a cudgel to silence dissenting speech and though.

Bob Dylan is now a target of such laws.

French authorities have filed preliminary charges against Bob Dylan over a 2012 interview in which he is quoted comparing Croatians to Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.

The charges of “public insult and inciting hate” were filed against the musician in mid-November, Paris prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said on Tuesday.?

They stem from a lawsuit by a Croatian community group in France over remarks in an interview in?Rolling Stone?magazine in September 2012.

Speaking about race relations in the United States, Dylan was quoted as saying: “If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood.”

A lawyer for the Croatian group, Ivan Jurasinovic, said it is not seeking monetary damages but wants Dylan, “a singer who is liked and respected in Croatia, to present an apology to the Croatian people.”

He said the Croatian community in France was upset by the remarks, but said he did not know why Croatians in Croatia or the United States, where?Rolling Stone?is based, have not filed similar suits. France, home to about 30,000 Croatians, has strict laws punishing hate speech and racist remarks.