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>With that attitude, why stop there? Why not just outlaw saying mean things in general?

You're making this into a slippery slope when it need not be. The parent commenter didn't say anything about mean things, they were talking about hate speech.

The difference being that the definition of "hate speech" is a slippery slope, closely connected with the euphemism treadmill. The difference being, usually the euphemism treadmill doesn't have any legislative import...

Examples off the top of my head: the demonization of "illegal" when in reference to people who cross the border without the right to do so.

The willful conflation of "Muslim" as a race rather than a religion.

Why exactly is it a slippery slope? I admit that it can be made as such, but why must it necessarily be? A legislature or person can define hate speech in such a way that it is not a slippery slope in my opinion, and I think that's what should be done.

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