Professor Volokh Comments on the Legality of Hate Speech in the Washington Post

August 9, 2012 – Professor Eugene Volokh weighed in on the issue of free speech, in regard to the recent attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, in a Washington Post article.

He was responding to the news that the shooter, Wade Michael Page, had long been involved in a “hate music” scene that promotes white power and violence against minorities. Professor Volokh explained that it is hard to legally find hate speech unlawful, under the First Amendment.
“That’s true whether it is extremist Islam or pro-anarchist literature or the communist manifesto or extremist animal rights groups,” he said. “And it’s true for extremist racists as well. Speech is protected unless it is intended to, and likely to, produce imminent violence or other illegal conduct.”
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