DAILYKENN.com -- Free speech is a component of social justice and human rights. We assure our right to free speech by assuring that right to all; including those with whom we may disagree.
Many disagree with 89-year-old Ursula Haverbeck. Haverbeck is a noted skeptic of the alleged Jewish holocaust and often exercised her freedom of expression.
A court in Germany snatched away the freedom and, in so doing, denied us of our right to hear Haverbeck and others. We know longer have access to the marketplace of ideas and competing ideologies.
Haverbeck also lost her individual freedom. She is currently serving a two-year prison sentence for expressing her opinion.
When we empower government to take away the rights of anyone to free expression, we empower government to take away everyone's right to free expression.
Consquently, when the German government deprived Haverbeck of her right to free expression, it vicariously denied us all of our rights to free expression and to hear the opinions of other.
From dw.com ▼
Notorious Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck will remain in prison after Germany's Constitutional Court rejected her appeal on Friday.
Haverbeck, dubbed the "Nazi Grandma" by German media, is currently serving a two-year prison sentence in the city of Bielefeld after a regional court found her guilty of eight counts of incitement in May.
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