There’s a point that goes whooshing over all of these people’s heads:
The same people who supposedly “Are Charlie” the moment a photo-op is to be had, want to pass laws that would’ve made publication of Charlie Hebdo a crime. From a religionists’ standpoint you could without breaking a sweat argue that they were the actual “trolls”. In fact I’ve read several headache-inducing rationalisations in the last week or so doing exactly that: Re-stating the “she was asking for it” rape argument, but in the publication sense. All completely somber and without a moment’s regard for what that would actually entail: Justification for Religion X killing people of Religion Y simply because Religion Y is “blasphemous”. That’s the problem with these kinds of laws: They are universally ripe for individual interpretation and biased enforcement. Or worse: Over-zealous enforcement.
When this shit starts, where do "we" draw the line? Who draws the line? The religious and morally decrepid? the politicians and their corrupt buddies?
This is exactly why I don’t believe in free speech coming with ANY caveats. If someone “incites violence” which does lead to actual crimes then charge them with conspiracy to commit a crime. That’s already illegal. The premise here lies in the flawed perception that stopping someone from saying something in public somehow prevents them from planning and carrying out illegal deeds in private. I’d argue letting people say whatever they want online would result in a much fuller list of suspects for law enforcement to keep tabs on.
I would qualify that with “as long as one’s right to privacy is maintained”, but I’m not sure who I’d be kidding.