mannfm11 wrote:Genocide law is some of the most anti free speech activity on earth. It is either endorse the official position or go to prison. Much of the political correct nonsense we have in the US is the beginning of such nonsense as is being passed in France on this occasion. Though the law may be in support of those martyred, it is also an attack on the Turkish people as well, much the same activity as the law itself is supposed to prevent. You can mention the world NAZI when describing these people in the Eurozone and get a negative response out of people, but that is a pretty close approximation of what such legal maneuver is. I wonder what the penalty is going to be to admit the French Legislature and all that is connected with it, including the President and Prime Minister are idiots?
I can understand your position here in regards to laws that disallow people in a particular country to state what are felt to be lies, based upon reliable evidence, pertaining to recent genocides. In a related vein, many are aware here that Germany, as well as other countries which were seriously impacted by the Holocaust genocide (e.g., Austria, Poland, Hungary, France), have laws against Holocaust denial and against the display of Nazi symbols. In these countries, I can see the sense of anguish and embarrassment in allowing things such as openly-flying Nazi flags, or even the distribution of neo-Nazi materials. These countries seem to struggle with balancing trying to "keep the ugly past at bay" with placing limits on free speech.
The Armenian genocide forms a regrettable and ugly part of the Turkish past. Yet, despite this, I likewise wonder about the wisdom of France passing a law against defaming or slandering the Armenian genocide when what the law might do most is help push Turkey even more into the arms of its Sunni-nation brethren and maybe even encourage more mass loss of life someday. If France must pass a law like this, it may show the best wisdom in at least waiting until a First Turning to do it. —Best regards, Marc