There is no historical doubt that during World War I hundreds of thousands of Armenian people in Turkey were murdered by the government. There is no doubt that during World War II over six million Jews were murdered by the German government. The people of Germany have acknowledged what happened and through honest education programs enabled their children to learn about a horrible event in their nation’s history. In America, schools teach about the murder of Indians and the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.
For some reason, Turkey continues to deny reality as though acknowledging what happened in the past somehow reflects on current society. The French government has made denying the Holocaust a crime and now seeks to make denying the Armenian genocide a crime. Passing laws to forbid people to express opinions is a violation of free speech. If someone denies the Holocaust, it is my responsibility to engage them in the marketplace of ideas. The same is true about the Armenian genocide.