Also, have you ever wondered why when a murder occurs, the police will always file charges and proceed with an investigation, even if the victim's family don't want them to, and don't want the murderer to be prosecuted?
The reason for this is that some crimes are not simply committed against a person. They are crimes against society, offenses to all humanity. And humanity, through its authorized representatives in the law enforcement community, must deal with such offenders promptly and decisively.
I have talked before about freedom of speech. I do think it is important - vital, in fact. The spirit of freedom of speech laws is the protection of different, often diametrically opposed opinions, because we really have no way of finding out for sure which opinion is better, which is right, which is wrong and which is useless.
Except there is a case where we do. One case where every decent, civilized human being on Earth - any creature that can be called a human being to begin with - knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is evil. And not not only is it undeniably evil, but it is by its very definition incapable of producing anything non-evil.
The case is Nazism. And I have recently engaged in a massive flame session with a couple of people from a country where Nazism is legal. Where the spirit of free speech laws has been stomped into the mud by nearsighted lemmings convinced of the virtue of their letter.
I often make fun of America's cultural infancy. I've witnessed Californians marveling at the authenticity of an 1830s mining town outside Sacramento, whereas I've shat in toilets over half a millenium old. The nation of Small Country in its present shape traces its roots to the early 13th century. And yet, it has not been an independent state until the 20th, and then not for long. Our current Constitution was passed in 1992; and the spirit of freedom that pervaded postsoviet republics in those days resulted in Paragraph 12.
Everyone is equal before the law. No one shall be discriminated against on the basis of nationality, race, colour, sex, language, origin, religion, political or other opinion, property or social status, or on other grounds.At first glance, the second part may seem quite oppressive to an American, taught since early childhood how noble it was that his country allowed the Ku Klux Klan and did not prosecute anyone for burning the Stars and Stripes. And yet, this is a document written by people intimately acquainted with a lack of liberty, with prolongued oppression, and the desire for freedom.
The incitement of national, racial, religious or political hatred, violence or discrimination shall, by law, be prohibited and punishable. The incitement of hatred, violence or discrimination between social strata shall, by law, also be prohibited and punishable.
One person's freedom only extends as far as the tip of another person's nose.
If an ideology is evil; if it is based on the concept of justified, even desirable mass murder of all people who do not belong to a certain race; if it is demonstrably and singularly designed to promote and eventually achieve this purpose; if you know for a fact that nothing good can come of it but a lot of bad can; then this ideology cannot be allowed to exist.
Nazism is banned in every state that has had to deal with it, first and foremost in the state that spawned it. Its zealots are prosecuted, and free speech laws give them no protection whatsoever. The exercise of Nazism is a crime against humanity - and this is an actual legal precedent, as established by the Nüremberg trials. Humanity must not allow it to exist.
Nobody really gets prosecuted for thinking positively of Nazism, and I'm not advocating this. But in every reasonable country on the planet, the person who does, is not allowed to excercise his right to speak freely. Rather he is allowed to excercise his right to shut the fuck up.
And as for America, well, you just keep telling yourself about the First Amendment and what a great country you are for your free speech. Dulce et Decorum.