The Internet may be fertile for bloggers, but it’s also fertilizer for hate groups. Neo-Nazis and anti-Semites can connect with fellow lunatics around the world in a global hatefest.
CNN now reports that a Dallas attorney – the brother of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban – is demanding that Facebook remove pages created by Holocaust deniers. Facebook says it’s sympathetic, and that it has already bans some hate pages, such as one belonging to a British KKK group (nice to know that American exports are doing well). Facebook says it will ban pages that threaten individuals or incite violence, but simply being offensive isn’t grounds for termination.
It really pains me, but I have to agree with Facebook. A belief is not grounds for censorship. The best defense against Holocaust denial is to let these fools talk, but always prove how wrong they are. Their arguments wilt in the face of logic and knowledge like mold withering before bleach.
The world hasn’t yet figured out how to deal with Holocaust deniers. Iran embraces them and becomes an international laughingstock. Germany bans them, which only makes the forbidden fruit more tempting. David Irving, the revisionist historian, was sentenced to three years in jail by an Austrian court. That only created a martyr. Do you know what really destroyed David Irving? When he sued another historian for calling him a Holocaust denier, and a British judge, in a meticulously reasoned opinion, ruled that Irving was a liar and a falsifier of history. Check out the trial transcripts. It’s fascinating to see how a denier falsifies history – and how real historians disassemble his arguments piece by piece.
Some say that we need censorship to stop the hate from spreading. But hateful people are already afflicted. They’re not convinced by the Holocaust deniers. They were already convinced before they ever met them. If the only way to stop hate groups is by banning their speech, then our society is far worse trouble than we thought.