Hate crimes

Yesterday, Jean-Sebastien Presseault was sentenced to six months in prison for willfully promoting hate on the Internet with an Anti-Semitic website. On the one hand, some people are very happy that he got a sentence with actual prison time instead of just community service; on the other hand, other anti-racism groups are disappointed that it isn’t for a longer term.

It’s interesting to see this happen. I’m all for free speech but I feel promoting hate crosses a line. However, so many people feel that the anonymity that the Internet offers allows them to do whatever they wish without consequence. It’s thought-provoking to see someone prosecuted for an online hate crime.

What do you think?

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