A new french law now criminalizes denial of the Armenian genocide. Lets hope more countries follow suit! No genocide should ever be ignored
Although I agree with the spirit; I do think that any step taken by a government to censor what someone says is a step in the wrong direction.
While I don't think Genocide should be ignored, I think criminalizing denial of a historical event impinges on Freedom of Speech. I don't know if France has a similar constitutional protection to the US First Amendment, but I value freedom of speech, even when I believe the thing being expressed is vile.
'Twas a cutlass swipe or an ounce of lead
Or a yawing hole in a battered head
And the scuppers clogged with rotting red
And there they lay I damn me eyes
All lookouts clapped on Paradise
All souls bound just contrarywise, yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!
Genocide must be recognized and should never be ignored or denied. Those who deny the genocides of the world disgust me.
People should be allowed to have whatever opinions they want on any subject even if it's completely false and wrong. The law is terrible and wrong in my opinion.
Last edited by Diurdi; 2012-01-25 at 10:06 PM.
I think I saw this headline the other night. Wasn't the genocide in 1910 or somewhere around that time?
There's a famous quote along the lines of "Those who control the present control the past, and those who control the past control the future" IDK something like that...
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Good, it is already labeled as genocide in many countries. Sweden, not US it was stopped by Clinton I believe but most states did individually conclude that it was a genocide.
Dont know what the turks are up too, feel pretty damn bad that they cant accept their history. It is notlike todays turks or even their parents had anything at all to do with it.
Just another example of how fucked up national pride and patriotism can be.
It was the Armenians fault that so many Turks and Armenians diedthey sided after 600years of peace with the enemy who invaded the empire then its clear why many armenians died also turks were killed by armenians but no one sees that because they say it was war the thing with the armenians was also war so i have no sadness left for them because i come from the turkish region were armenians were they killed entire villages and burned down mosques so i dont think it was a genocide and even the UN and states like China didnt say it was a genocide
Either way, people can have different opinions, fact of the matter is that the vast majority of scholars do indeed label it as a genocide.
And would like to mention it again, it is history. We learn from our history and history also mean that todays turks and their parents had nothing to do with it.
This is violation of freedom of speech and the irony is that it comes from France. You started all the human rights thingy and now this?I'm from Turkey and I have my personal opinion on this subject but let's say there is a genocide... Is it way to solve this problem? Do you really think Turkey will accept the genocide just because some countries consider denying it as illegal? Shame on France not because they support genocide, it's because they violate their own creation. Armanians won't get anywhere with this way.