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Insult Laws

Many countries have so-called insult laws. My first posting in the Army, in the mid-1970s, was Greece. Greece had an insult law. These laws were not like defamation or libel laws in the U.S. In Greece, if you got in an argument and called someone a “malaka” (I am not going to translate it: suffice it to say it means something similar to our “f” word, but more specific) they could sue you. At the time, if you were an American, they would always win the suit too. There was no need to prove harm to you or your reputation. You insulted them so you broke the law.

At the time, it was difficult for me as an American to believe that cursing meant you could be arrested, jailed and fined. Frankly, I was amused. I used to explain to my Greek friends that in America, freedom of speech was a right granted to citizens by our constitution. You may not like what someone has to say, but he or she has the right to say it. I was pretty naïve. I thought our constitution provided for freedom of speech. Given what is going on today in the United States, I guess I was mistaken.

Insult SideIt is appalling what some “progressives” are doing while our elected representatives stand by and do nothing. A five year old tells someone they are going to “get them with their light saber” and they are expelled from school. Muslims can chant “death to America” all day long, but if a Christian worker tells a customer “God bless you” they will be summarily fired for insulting non-Christians.

A California school prohibited students from wearing shirts with an American flag on Mexican Independence Day as it might insult the Mexican students. Any and all Christian symbolism is banned from courthouses, schools and public places as it might emotionally damage and disparage someone who is not a Christian. Administrative punishment and bans are worrisome. However, there are actual laws, either publically being debated or working their way through legislatures, to make “insults” against the law punishable by fines and/or imprisonment.

Insult laws, with Greece as a democracy being one of the few exceptions, are usually part of the legal code where dictators rule. If you insult the King in Saudi Arabia, you will get thrown in jail and publically lashed, possibly executed. Insulting Allah, in most Muslim countries, calls for immediate execution.

In Greece, back in my Army days, the insult laws generally were just an annoyance and a good way for a Greek to get money from an American. Generally, however, they are more than just a nuisance. The laws are a deliberate control mechanism by the government or, in the extreme case of Islam, a religion, to enforce conformity. The laws ensure that any disagreement with the government or someone’s political ideology will be punished. Of course, the laws are only enforced in support of government policies or intents.

That is what scares me about what is happening here in the United States. Besides flaunting our constitution, insult policies and laws promote the progressive ideology and stop any contrary viewpoint from being expressed. More troubling, the anti-Christian insult laws specifically promote Islam (though they vigorously deny this). Soon, we too will be jailing anyone who disagrees with the government like despots running other countries do. Insult laws are a threat to our society.

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Bill Gaskill

Mr. Gaskill has over 20 years of extensive international experience with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Department of State, followed by 10+ years in the corporate sector.During his career at State, he developed and led comprehensive security programs in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Latin America.He was Chief of Security at five U.S. Embassies:Tel Aviv, Athens, Lima, Nicosia and Lome.He has worked in more than 144 countries and has an extensive network of global contacts.His areas of professional expertise include risk assessments, physical security, access control, guard force operations and management, counter terrorism, investigations, foreign security liaison, personal protection and Emergency Plans and Preparations.

As Vice President of a Security Fusion Center, Bill has provided risk management advice and direction to major Fortune 100 defense industry, ultra high net worth and other clients.

As Global Director for Security, Alem International, Bill planned and directed all facets of the security and risk mitigation strategies for the 2004 Olympic Torch Relay that took place in over 34 countries.

Bill was commissioned as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer in the US Army immediately after college.

Mr. Gaskill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ancient History with a math minor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.He has a current Top Secret/SCI clearance.He has professional fluency ratings in Spanish, Greek, Hebrew and French, and has a working knowledge of Russian.
Bill Gaskill

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