Wednesday, December 20, 2006

David Irving's release

has been announced. Good. The criminalisation of Holocaust denial is destructive and tyrannical, used to justify erosions of liberty such as the Incitement to Religious Hatred Act in Britain and the Holocaust denial conference in Iran. The sooner these laws are repealed, the better.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hear, hear.

Did you hear about the Turkish journalist who announced that if France passed a law against denying the Armenian genocide, he'd go there and break that law -- just as soon as he gets out of jail for violating the equally stupid Turkish law against mentioning the Armenian genocide?

That was just about the best thing anybody ever said. All such laws are moronic.

Might be fun to get a few thousand people together to go to Austria and pretend to deny the Holocaust. Enough people that it simply wouldn't be possible to jail them all. But it would be so spectacularly misunderstood in varying ways by absolutely everybody, that I'm not sure the goal would be achieved. Well... unless the goal is just getting on people's nerves, which I suppose it probably would be.