Hate Speech

From my point of view as an American, a Jew, and a conservative, somebody should be allowed under the First Amendment to hurl anti-Semitic slurs at me from the street, on the Internet, or on television. But when those slurs cross the line between mere pejoratives and the incitement to discrimination or violence, a crime has been committed.

The law may be different, but we must always be conscious that restrictions on hate speech walk a very fine line between the civil rights of multiple groups. I prefer – even at the risk of exposing my family to some ugly – that we walk that line with extraordinary care, erring on the side of deference to the freedom of speech.

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