Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts has introduced legislation calling for the government to investigate "hate speech" on broadcast, cable, and Internet outlets - a bill that is raising concerns from First Amendment advocates and constitutional experts.
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz called the enactment of hate speech laws a "dangerous trend."
"I have never in my life seen a successful effort to define hate speech that does not interfere with rights of free expression," Dershowitz told Newsmax. "It is a worthy effort, but my prediction is that it either leads to the conclusion government cannot do it, or that they will do it and that will infringe on First Amendment rights."
"Governments are trying to also make changes to hate speech law and debating the issue in Canada, at the United Nations, and even right now in Israel. It is a worldwide trend, but it is a really dangerous trend," Dershowitz said.