Compare and contrast

Europe is big on privacy.  That’s a good thing.  But perhaps not as good on freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

“Woman Who Insulted Islam Loses in Europe Court,” The Wall Street Journal, October 27, 2018 A7.  Woman fined in Austria for “disparaging” a religious doctrine, and judgment upheld by European Court of Human Rights.

So, the same place that says you have the right to be forgotten also says that you have the right not to have your religious feelings hurt.

Governing information is a tricky area, apparently, especially where the information is speech about religion. That this arose in Austria, which may because of history be especially sensitive to harming the religious feelings of others, may explain this.  Or it may not.  Is this the unintended consequence of a control that in a limited context made sense?  Or is this political, and therefore outside the normal controls?

We’re not in Kansas any more, Toto.

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