WASHINGTON: The United States government wants you to know: It really, truly doesn’t like Nazis.

At the United Nations this week, the US plans to vote against a yearly resolution that condemns the glorification of Nazism, State Department officials said Wednesday. Although it may seem counterintuitive _ who wouldn’t want to condemn Nazis? _ officials said free speech protections and other problems with the resolution make it impossible for America to support.

Introduced by Russia, the resolution calls on all UN nations to ban pro-Nazi speech and organizations, and to implement other restrictions on speech and assembly. That’s a non-starter in the US, where First Amendment protections guarantee all the right to utter almost anything they want – even praise for Adolf Hitler‘s followers.

The United States votes against the resolution every year, along with just a handful of others, while the European Union nations and some others typically abstain. The…

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