Such laws create an insatiable appetite for greater and greater speech regulation and create a sense of empowerment among citizens to silence those with whom they disagree.
Now, a Scottish man has been convicted of a message that was grossly offensive, indecent or menacing. According to the Evening Express, the prosecutor (appropriately named Susan Love) cited the fact that Terry Myers, 41, called the Irish boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend a "leprechaun."
Love declared that the mail was threatening but added that it was a racially aggravated offense due to the use of the word "leprechaun."
His defense attorney said that the two men had a "petty and pathetic" history and that his client regretted the use of the term.
He was nevertheless found guilty and fined £280 ($350) for the offense.