Matthew Bendford wrote:As you refer to germany in specific, as a german I can asure you: at least in germany you cannot get jailed for those examples.
- even when considering "insultig someone as stupid" as "hate speech" - at least in germany you only can get fined for it - but getting jailed? NOPE
As for my fellow europeans I don't think you can get jailed for either of them - fined? sure, but jailed?
Tim Holloway wrote:If people were routinely jailed for saying stupid things, most of the world would be in prison. I would expect that in general it would also be safe to say something insulting to a person. Assuming that being "safe" includes, say, being punched in the nose.
Saying something insulting (and untrue) about a person - that is, to other persons - on the other hand, could get you into trouble. One of the most notable differences between English and American law is that things you can freely say about people in the USA would result in legal action in the UK. President Trump even lobbied about making libel law in the USA more English-like. For some reason he seemed to think that people were saying bad things about him.
Then again, in the USA, if you cannot sue someone for libel, you shoot them for "disrespecting" you. Of, if you're having a bad day, go on a spree and shoot as many semi-randomly selected people as you can.