I also hate when people go to jail for preaching holocaust denial. I do not think we should police thought.
But isn't it the preaching part that gets those people put in jail, and not merely 'thinking' that the holocaust never happened?
It seems to demonstrate that actions and not mere 'thought' are the issue in those places where holocaust denial isn't tolerated. Aren't those laws in place because those countries don't want such abhorrent/hateful 'seeds' to take root there again?
That is the intent of all prosecution of heresy. They do not want the seeds of that given thought to take root.
But to quote the cliche, where's the 'victim' in blasphemy/heresy? how does merely coming to a different conclusion about 'ultimate reality' harm anybody else? lying and revising history, trying to convince people that one of the most horrific events in human history never happened, that it's all a 'conspiracy' by the victims in question, can be demonstrated to cause harm to living, breathing people........
blasphemy? not so much.
and i'm sorry, if one cannot demonstrate 'harm', then the argument isn't sound.