Friday, February 20, 2009
Marci Hamilton of FindLaw and the Cardozo School of Law discusses the British government's refusal to grant entry to Dutch MP Geert Wilders because of his views on Islam. "There is no question that Wilders's views are disgraceful and offensive, but the British decision is a serious blow to global liberty. Britain admitted that it acted as it did because it feared upheaval from the Islamicist community in response to Wilders and his far-right views. This is the epitome of the "heckler's veto," where those offended by the message are permitted to use their disapproval to prevent speech they do not like." Read more here.