The “I Am Charlie” campaign is a farce in France and the United States. Only certain types of speech are protected. Attacking religion is protected, but speaking out against same-sex sexuality can get you arrested or fined in the United States.
We’ve seen it many times. Businesses that refuse to serve same-sex weddings are being fined and threatened with the loss of their businesses. Some people are fighting back by arguing for consistency hoping to drop State interference in the realm of free speech.
“A French court has handed out convictions for anti-gay hate crimes on Twitter for the first time, after three people used the hashtag ‘let’s burn the gays’.
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“In what a major French LGBT rights group called a ‘significant victory’, three people were convicted in a Paris court this week after they accompanied tweets with hashtags including ‘let’s burn the gays on…’ or ‘#brûlonslesgayssurdu).’
“During the same period in August 2013, ‘#Lesgaysdoiventdisparaîtrecar’, or ‘gays must die because…’, was also trending.
“French LGBT charity Comité Idaho, which organises the nation’s International Day Against Homophobia, brought the case to court after it filed a complaint against the users for inciting hatred and violence on the basis of sexual orientation.”
What happened to “I Am Charlie”? I thought even the most vile speech had to be protected. The content of the Charlie Hebdo magazine was as equally repugnant and threatening to large groups of people, and yet the French government did not haul its editors into court.
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