David Irving, a Third Reich historian, has long been known for his controversial positions that include a denial of Hitler's Final Solution. The Austrian government has now sentenced him to three years in prison for publishing his views.
Austria, who decided to bow to the Nazis during WWII, and Germany have placed laws that would punish people who either promote National Socialism and/or deny the Holocaust. While I find such views ignorant and reprehensible should someone go to jail for simply promoting a belief? Pornographers, such as Larry Flynt, insist that free speech is not only about protecting what you love, but it's also about protecting what you hate. Should the same reasoning apply here regardless of how despicable the speech is?
These countries started these laws as a PR stunt to try and convince the rest of the world that they were eradicating anti-semitism from the region. I guess they believe locking people up will destroy ideas, cause history will show that's always worked. They did a bang of job when they jailed Hitler himself. Well done Austria and Germany. Keep up the good work of never letting history teach you anything.
"The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history. I mean in this century's history. But we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century." - Dan Quayle
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