You know it's actually very à propos I bring this up here. Because the fictional Star Trek universe has spread American culture all around the world, hasn't it? So I have to ask, what are other nations' opinion of freedom of expression in the USA?
Hate speech is incredibly stupid. But it's protected here. I didn't even hear about Holocaust denial laws until recently. And it's incredibly stupid and incredibly wrong too. But we allow it.
The Nazi salute can get you three years in prison in Germany. And again, only the dumbest of the dumb would do it. But we just ignore them. And that's sometimes more effective believe it or not. You imprison people, people might feel sorry for them. You ignore them, and they generally go away. I'm serious.
And even possessing a swastika. Is that illegal in Germany? It's never been here. Ill-conceived idea, again. But not illegal.
So what's other people's opinion of our unusually expansive view of freedom of expression? I'm very curious.