Should Hate Speech Be Outlawed?
June 7th 2012
In contrast to many European countries, hate speech, libel and defamation are only vaguely proscribed in the USA. The First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of the press, among other things, often takes precedence in US court decisions over the protection of minorities and victims of hate speech. In this book review, John Paul Stevens, a former long-serving US Supreme Court justice who is now 98 years old, weighs up the pros and cons of outlawing hate speech.
By John Paul Stevens