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13. Comment #364741 by fan_of_dawkins I wonder why there aren't many comments about Germany's highest court ruling against PETA's freedom of expression...


I agree. It seems like the German prohibition is just a parochial version of the UN resolution, and is equally repressive of freedom of expression. So, Pete deserves the right to publish this message, even though it's not a good one. I'm not arguing that he has no grounds to argue for animal rights, it's just that proving Godwin's law by invoking the "anybody who opposes me is a Nazi" syndrome is not only not going to win any converts, it immediately stops all constructive discussion. It's a bumper-sticker sensationalist inflammatory approach. Whether it defames anybody is almost beside the point - why would anybody use that argument in the first place?

Matt

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 11:16:00 UTC | #348332