By Katharine Graham Cracker, a Trail Mix Contributor
Freedom of speech is one thing. Does it mean you are free to say anything you wish? There are certain things you are not permitted to say under the First Amendment.
For instance you cannot say that you are going to kill the president. It is against the law and you can be prosecuted for just saying it. Incitement is another example. Slander and defamation are also not protected. How is blatant racism anything less than the slander and defamation of others?
I’m thinking maybe I should sue the Nazi’s for things they say about the Jews and women. I could do it in small claims court just as people have done for neighborhood nuisance issues.
They may end up having to carry signs that say, “This about the Jews except for Katherine Graham Cracker and everyone else who sued us.”
A Swiss court has fined a man for “liking” defamatory comments on Facebook, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. According to a statement from the Zurich district court, the 45-year-old defendant accused an animal rights activist, Erwin Kessler, of racism and anti-Semitism and hit the “like” button under several comments from third parties about Kessler that were deemed inflammatory.
The comments were made in 2015 during heated discussions on a range of Facebook groups about which animal welfare groups should be permitted to take part in a vegan street festival, the Swiss daily Tages Anzeiger reported. Kessler sued more than a dozen people who took part in those exchanges, a lawyer for one of the defendants, Amr Abdelaziz, said. (The Guardian)