Author Topic: George Brandis: 'People have the right to be bigots' [Australia]  (Read 285 times)

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Re: George Brandis: 'People have the right to be bigots' [Australia]
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2014, 10:51:48 PM »
And because the Australians frequently have a very refreshing recourse to blunt fact.  In constitutional democracies such as the US and Australia (whose constitution was directly modelled off the US constitution, with some notable, and interesting, engraftments) people do have the right to be bigots.  In fact, one of the most valuable rights - the First Amendment in the US Constitution - is, if nothing else, the enshrinement in fundamental law of the precept that one person is at liberty to act in ways that others may see as the ne plus ultra of bigotry, so long as that bigotry doesn't rise to the level of inciting violence.

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