Muslim cleric calls for new laws that ‘draw a clear line between freedom of speech and hate speech’

No such line can or should be drawn. “Hate speech” is an inherently subjective concept that can only be defined in accord with the principles and priorities of the person charged with the responsibility of defining it. In practice, “hate speech” laws are used to silence speech that those in power want silenced. Also, the consistent practice of Islamic and Leftist groups of labeling as “hate speech” all honest discussion of how Islamic jihadis use the texts and teachings of Islam to justify violence and supremacism means that if “hate speech” laws are enacted, such discussion will be criminalized. In that event, Islamic jihadis will be able to operate unopposed, for to say anything against them will be “hate speech.”

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