Presumably it is not legal to declare that they are scum, or worthless, or hellbound, etc. But is there not a fundamental difference when it comes to professing one's own personal sentiments?

  • It's illegal to incite religious hatred and more generally to encourage crime (which replaced the old offence of inciting violence). It's not illegal simply to hate, but you'll have to do more research to find what exactly is illegal.
    – Stuart F
    Jul 1, 2022 at 9:41
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    Seems like this comes close to duplicating many prior questions you've asked on related issues.
    – ohwilleke
    Jul 1, 2022 at 20:52
  • Sorry, my brain works in redundant ways sometimes as it ruminates on things. Jul 1, 2022 at 23:41

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Your thoughts and your words are yours and not subject to legal sanction.

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    thoughts... yes. Words... not so much. Words can be defamation or hate speech, which can be subject to legal action.
    – Trish
    Aug 1, 2022 at 7:00
  • And others have the right what they think of you, obviously.
    – gnasher729
    Aug 1, 2022 at 12:29

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