Friday, July 19, 2019

Hmm …

 Hateful Conduct in Libraries: Supporting Library Workers and Patrons | Advocacy, Legislation & Issues. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

They may want to ponder this (from a piece by Lionel Shriver that I linked to yesterday):

In striking down a law prohibiting ‘racially disparaging’ trademarks in 2017, Justice Samuel Alito wrote: ‘Speech that demeans on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, or any other similar ground is hateful; but the proudest boast of our free speech jurisprudence is that we protect the freedom to express “the thought that we hate”.’ Justice Anthony Kennedy contributed on that same case: ‘A law that can be directed against speech found offensive to some portion of the public can be turned against minority and dissenting views to the detriment of all. The First Amendment does not entrust that power to the government’s benevolence.’

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