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    • Catherine Jefferson
    • 10.11.07 | 01:19 (IST)

    The Spanish Constitutional Court made the right decision here. In a democracy you do NOT want to suppress the freedom of people to publicly express their feelings and opinions. First, suppressing opinions is simply bad policy; if you give one group the right to suppress opinions it does not like using force and the law, you establish a precendent that will come back to bite you when the other group comes to power. Second, perhaps even more important, you do NOT want to drive the types of opinions underground that fomented Naziism, Marxism-Leninism-Maoism, or the mirror-image anticommunism of the Argentinian Generals in the 1970s, Chile's Pinochet, the Myanmar Junta, and the like. Underground, they turn into movements that act on those opinions while you aren't watching. As long as they're in the open, you have the ability to watch them and counteract them.

    from the article: Spanish court rules out jail sentences for Holocaust denial
    First published 00:00 09.11.07 | Last updated 00:00 09.11.07
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