A reminder that Americans shouldn’t take our precious First Amendment protections for granted: British historian David Irving got a three-year jail sentence last week for denying the Holocaust in remarks he made 17 years ago in Austria, where making such an assertion is a crime — even though Irving has since acknowledged that the Nazis systematically slaughtered Jews during World War II. Of course, the case also can remind Kansas legislators that they continue to allow a criminal defamation law to remain on the books. As long as they do, there remains a chance that Kansans can be jailed for exercising their free speech, too.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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