STOSSEL: You would be in trouble there.
O'REILLY: And I'm supposed to go to London later this year.
STOSSEL: And this man probably got off because he was able to cite an example where a judge got off.
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And he had run an ad saying, "The word of God is against sodomy. This is a perverted form of sexuality." That was stronger than what this preacher --
O'REILLY: All right, so there was a case in Great Britain where a guy got off, --
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-- was acquitted, it's because something is stronger. It just occurred to me that, you know, this guy Michael Savage, this radio talk show host, he was barred entry into the British Isles because of his rhetoric against gays and others. So, they do take this seriously.
STOSSEL: They do. A Canadian journalist was prosecuted for publishing those cartoons of Mohammad.
O'REILLY: In the Muslim countries, you can be executed, in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Pakistan, for saying anything bad about Islam. They cut your head off.
STOSSEL: I love the way the Pakistan Constitution puts it, "Every citizen has the right to free speech, subject to any reasonable restriction imposed on the interests of the glory of Islam."
STOSSEL: We should be glad we have a First Amendment.
O'REILLY: But you object to any hate speech limitations, because I debated this with you. I don't think a person should be allowed to go up to another person.
Say, this preacher Miano, went up to a homosexual and got in his face and said, "You're going to hell, you're going to hell, you're going to hell."
I think that should be against the law because he's invading the person's space. He's bringing intentional, personal anguish to the person. I think that person should be protected.
STOSSEL: I would agree that it's wrong to do that but --
O'REILLY: Right. I think it should be illegal. You've got to protect --
STOSSEL: -- fighting words, inciting violence because speech --
O'REILLY: No, "going to hell" is pretty violent. There's a lot of fire down there. It does not feel good.
STOSSEL: But shouldn't be able to get in the face of people. But these laws don't stop it. They just drive it underground.
O'REILLY: All right. Well, it drives it underground. But they're looking for a more civil society. I think they are making a mistake in the general sense.
But, specifically, you shouldn't be allowed to terrorize somebody because you don't think that their belief system is proper.
STOSSEL: This guy wasn't doing terror to people.
O'REILLY: No. And that was crazy. The British should have left him alone.
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