Armenian genocide deniers could be punished in France

#1
http://euobserver.com/9/21543

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to France in protest against a French bid to criminalise denial of the alleged Turkish genocide of Armenians in the early 1900s.

Turkey has always rejected claims by international historians that 1.5 million Armenians died between 1915 and 1923 as a result of systematic genocide while modern-day Armenia was under Turkish Ottoman control.
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French parliamentarians are set to discuss and vote on a law that would make denial of the so-called Armenian genocide a crime.
Do you think that our French friends are right. Should other countries (the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, Israel) introduce a similar law?
 
#2
KGB_resident said:
http://euobserver.com/9/21543
Do you think that our French friends are right. Should other countries (the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, Israel) introduce a similar law?
I reluctantly don't think so. In the end people ought to be allowed to say and believe what they want even if those beliefs are completely stupid or false as long as they don't encourage physical harm. They should be challenged with truth and made to look like fools instead.
 
#3
Agree with Virgil. Everyone's entitled to their own beliefs and stupid arguments never last as opposed to something with solid grounds and historical evidence as a backing.
 
#4
KGB_resident said:
http://euobserver.com/9/21543

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to France in protest against a French bid to criminalise denial of the alleged Turkish genocide of Armenians in the early 1900s.

Turkey has always rejected claims by international historians that 1.5 million Armenians died between 1915 and 1923 as a result of systematic genocide while modern-day Armenia was under Turkish Ottoman control.
...
French parliamentarians are set to discuss and vote on a law that would make denial of the so-called Armenian genocide a crime.
Do you think that our French friends are right. Should other countries (the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, Israel) introduce a similar law?
The historian Bernard Lewis I remember was prosecuted I think in a private prosecution over Armenian Holocaust denial in France. I don't like Government regulating thought but there was a systematic genocide of the Armenians by the Ottomans and Churchill did label it a holocaust.
But quite frankly hell will freeze over before the UK, US and Israel pass similar legislation.
 
#6
Virgil said:
KGB_resident said:
http://euobserver.com/9/21543
Do you think that our French friends are right. Should other countries (the UK, USA, Germany, Russia, Israel) introduce a similar law?
I reluctantly don't think so. In the end people ought to be allowed to say and believe what they want even if those beliefs are completely stupid or false as long as they don't encourage physical harm. They should be challenged with truth and made to look like fools instead.
I agree entirely. And for that reason, the pathetic laws against Nazi holocaust denyers should likewise be repealed.
 
#7
Of course, I support freedom of speech but something should be made in cases like this

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1145961339883&pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull

Alabama attorney general candidate denies Holocaust
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In an interview Friday, Darby said he believed that no more than 140,000 Jews died in Europe during World War II, and most of them succumbed to typhus.
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The Alabama state Democratic chairman, Joe Turnham, said the party began an investigation...
 
#8
The truth is its own best bodyguard; it doesn't need any help from the French police.

There is no reason to assume that civil servants as a group are more strongly dedicated to or more skilled in finding the truth than anyone else.

On the contrary, I can think of no class of institutions that as a group are more persistent in the willful dissemination of lies than the world's governments.
 

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