Hate speech

A Muslim cleric in England has been convicted of soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred for sermons and study tapes in which he called for the death of unspecified Jews, Hindus, and nonbelievers. [I have no idea why Christians got a pass.] Glenn Reynolds doesn’t seem to have a problem with this. I don’t think I do, either. But I’d be interested in hearing from Eugene Volokh and other First Amendment purists on this. And I wonder what Glenn would think about prosecuting someone who called for killing unspecified Islamic fundamentalists.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com