Author: Hate-Speech Laws are 'Fostering Hatred'
Coleman was asked if there is a double standard in the way hate-speech laws are being applied toward negative reactions to the Syrian refugee crisis and terrorist attacks in Europe.
“The governments of many countries target what they consider to be politically incorrect and to be speech with which the state or society disagrees, so that’s why those three points of immigration, of Islam and of marriage and sexuality and more recently gender identity — these hot topics are what are selected time and time again — so it’s a double standard, but it’s also a very targeted use of these laws,” he responded.
In the UK, Coleman said the government is having a hard time dealing with hate speech toward Muslims because it “does not want to engage.”
“In a large part what we have tried to do over a number of years in the name of multiculturalism is just leave entire communities alone and try not to engage whatsoever and so they can essentially get a free pass,” he said. “I think that situation is changing now, particularly in light of the recent wave of terrorist attacks.”
According to Coleman, the refugee crisis is an example of the “counter-productiveness” of hate-speech laws. Coleman said the anger in Europe toward mass immigration is “in part fueled by people feeling they are not allowed to speak out on these issues.”
“That is fostering a lot of genuine hatred and fostering a lot of problems, because rather than this being an open question and open conversation it is driven under the ground and then it rears its ugly head in other places,” he said. “We would be much better off trying to open up the conversation.”