Podcast on Threats to Free Speech in the Name of Supposedly Curbing Hate

Topic: Hate Speech Laws and the First Amendment.

How do we square hate speech laws with the First Amendment? Tyler O’Neil of the Heritage Foundation writes on topics like this. He authored a book on the Southern Poverty Law Center (the SPLC) which explicitly lumps in conservative Christian groups, like D. James Kennedy Ministries, the American Family Association, Family Research Council, with genuine hate groups like the Ku Klux Klan. Why do they do this? Because of the Christian groups refusal to accept same-sex marriage, etc. In a recent article which mentions the SPLC. O’Neil writes, “As I explain in my book “Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center,” the SPLC took the program it used to bankrupt organizations associated with the Ku Klux Klan and weaponized it against conservative groups, partially in order to scare donors into ponying up cash and partially to silence its ideological opponents.” Tyler O’Neil, managing editor of the Daily Signal of the Heritage Foundation, joins Jerry Newcombe to discuss Hate speech laws, which the SPLC thrives on, versus the First Amendment. www.dailysignal.com


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