Outlawing holocaust denial is broadly popular throughout the world and especially popular in Israel. Taking the viewpoint that the Holocaust did happen and one should also be allowed to deny this is not broadly popular. I think the non-conformist view deserves to be heard. There is no evidence that outlawing HD has any positive effect. There is much evidence that it has a negative effect. Outlawing HD does further the impression that Jews have disproportionate power, and why shouldn't it? No one else's suffering is given this legal advantage and the Armenians are actually denied the right to "Holocaust Avowal" in Turkey. It also plays into the hands of the deniers themselves. As Tehran Timmie never fails to point out, why outlaw an easily disprovable viewpoint? Why outlaw the possibility of a debate you claim you are sure to win? The impact of outlawing HD is negative, simply read the statements coming out of Iran and see what effects this phenomenon has on their opinions.
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