Employees across America are facing a new spinoff of “hate speech” laws that could send them to jail for not speaking.
The new “hate silence” laws, adopted first in New York City, are used to prosecute employees for refusing to say certain words.
Supporters say the laws are long overdue, and could face their first test in high schools, where teachers must say words their students like or be fired from their jobs.
“If we’re ever going to silence hate speech in this country, we need some way of incriminating people who refuse to say things we like,” said NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio.
“I don’t care who you are, it’s just not totalitarian to force people to use loving words and throw them in prison if they won’t,” the mayor said.