Adaptation of German Law Strafgesetzbuch Section 86a: A Letter to My Representative

Dear Representative Gomez,

The hatred and bigotry of the Nazi party is no secret. The values and core rhetoric espoused by their group since it’s inception is of disgusting, wholly un-American values.

After World War II, in an effort to combat the spread of objectively evil ideology and actions, Germany passed “Strafgesetzbuch section 86a”, which prohibits the distribution or public use of symbols of unconstitutional groups, in particular, flags, insignia, uniforms, slogans and forms of greeting outside of the contexts of art or science, research or teaching. This law makes such gestures, salutes, symbols, and speech punishable by law with fines and/or jail time. Only a week ago, two Chinese tourists were arrested in Germany Saturday after they performed a salute praising Adolf Hitler. America should show it’s great ally solidarity in such clear-cut efforts to make it known words and actions of hateful, violent, and genocidal nature will not be tolerated in a modern society.

The events witnessed in America this past weekend are some of the most disturbing I’ve witnessed in my time alive. The globe knows the Nazi organization to be composed of entirely backward thinking, non-scientific, amoralistic, and, specifically, violent individuals without an ounce of humanity within them.

Both of my grandfathers served in WWII. Both of my grandfathers gave their lives to America’s fighting forces to prevent the very spread of what we see today. The allowance America gives to let such a party exist within its own borders is a slap in the face to every American WWII veteran.

One may argue, as it often is, that Nazism is free to express themselves under the guise of First Amendment rights; it’s a freedom of speech or expression. Incorrect. As a person of government you probably know full well there is no pure freedom of speech. We have laws concerning speech against libel and slander which prevent the spread of lies and erroneous attacks on individuals and their character. Nazism should be restricted and punished as such. Nazism does not express or cherish free speech, it is freedom to violence. Violent ideology leads to violent action and it is time as a nation we say no more.

There should be nothing controversial about this stance. Some might challenge you to limiting their freedoms, as I’m sure some made the case taking away the “right” to own slaves was a limit to freedoms as well. Allow such nonsense no more. There is no place for these archaic thoughts in a 21st century, and it’s time the American government took a step Germans so easily have.

My request is the drafting of a law similar to Strafgesetzbuch Section 86a, in which violators are greeted with jail time, severe fines, and, hopefully, mandatory psychoanalytic rehabilitation.

We may never fully root out the tree of hatred and bigotry, but as Americans, we as individuals, and you as the government who represent us, should make our best attempt to stymie the growth of such weed with all available resources, every time it sprouts its head.

Thank you for your time.

A conscience citizen,

Peter Banachowski