Brits Regain a Little Liberty
A modicum of British liberty restored!
Home Secretary Theresa May says she will acquiesce in the deletion by the House of Lords of those absurd words in her Public Order Act that outlaw “insulting” speech or signs.
So how come she allowed their inclusion in the first place? It’s ridiculous to ban insults. Incitement to violence is one thing, but the idea that we may not tell it like it is – crazy! It’sthe stuff of totalitarian thought-police thinking.
Lords in Session
This ‘politically incorrect’ mentality pervades the UK today, so a round of applause to their Lordships ( by 130 to 54 votes) paradoxically the ‘non-democratic’ legislative chamber, for defending one of the basic tenets of democracy, free speech!
Here’s what’s OUT!
“a person is guilty of an offense if he – (a) uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior, or disorderly behavior, or (b) displays any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby.”
Imagine any sane government proposing that if some sectarian, fanatic or deviant gets his poor little feelings hurt, he can have the ‘criminal’ arrested and put on trial.
It’s the sort of guff that we would expect from the crass censorship implicit in proposed UN protocols to prevent exposure of ‘religion’ to criticism.
I quote from LSN.
Simon Calvert, Reform Section 5 campaign director, said he was “very pleased” by the Government’s statement.
“This is a victory for free speech. People of all shades of opinion have suffered at the hands of Section 5,” he said.
As LSN reminds us, the reform had a panoply of very diverse supports, both
the Christian Institute and the National Secular Society.
The abuse of the law by ignorant and/or leftist police has caused outrage in Britain.
Street preacher, Anthony Rollins, was awarded £4000 for wrongful arrest. Rollins used the King James Bible in his preaching, expressing his Christian belief that homosexual conduct is morally wrong.
He was arrested after a man became upset at the message and called police complaining that Rollins was a “homophobic bigot” and was causing offense…
Typical intolerant ‘gay,’ but what kind of cop would encourage such intolerance? That officer should be dismissed.
…Oxford student Sam Brown was arrested and charged under the “insult” law when he asked a mounted police officer, during a night out with friends, “Excuse me, do you realise your horse is gay?” Brown was charged with making homophobic remarks, but refused to pay an £80 fine and the Crown Prosecution Service declined to pursue the case.
And those cops too (and the CPS dolts who pursued the charge) need to be replaced by somebody with an ounce of common-sense, or at least a sense of humour!