I was just wandering along the street in Copenhagen today when, at around 2.30pm I came across the merry little gathering below:
That's Hizb-Ut-Tahri demonstrating outside the US Embassy. (Jakob Ehrban took the photo above.)
The demonstration seemed to be peaceful, about 200 people I'd estimate. I couldn't understand what they were saying but one banner did strike me. It stated :"Freedom of Expression: A Means to Oppression". Hmm. Now, I know freedom of expression does not exist in some Western countries. But oppression itself originates in censorship. And thus I disagree with those who state, for example, that Holocaust denial, however unpalatable, should be banned. Such people should instead be countered with the force of argument.
But what about Hate Speech? This is generally protected in the US under the First Amendment, but exceptions are made for incitement, and the movie that has caused all the fuss above must surely fall under this category. However, to generally associate freedom of expression with oppression? - now that's a leap of faith.