Belgium bans sexism: ‘The return of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum’

Soon, it could be a criminal matter to call someone a ‘sexist’ in Belgium. Even if someone may in fact be one.

Why, you ask? Because the country’s political majority is determined to enact a new law.

In what is believed to be the first legislation of its type, anywhere, the concept of sexism will be rendered punishable.

A logical side effect of making sexism illegal is that the simple act of accusing someone of being sexist, may amount to criminal defamation.

Under Belgian law, as in many other legal systems, it is an offense to accuse someone of having committed crimes that they were not actually convicted for.

Law is often a double-edged sword.

In addition to this, the bill is superfluous and it poses major risks to free speech…

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