In a letter to the Times today, Lord Waddington and a Labour backbencher (David Taylor) are appealing to the 646 to maintain the right to free speech.
Sir, Today the Government looks set to ask the Commons to repeal an important protection for free speech. It was inserted by the Lords into the new homophobic hatred offence in May 2008 and, after twice trying and failing to remove this free speech protection, the Government reluctantly accepted the position and allowed it to go on the statute book. But then, in a move for which there seems to be no precedent, it introduced a clause in another Bill in the very next session to repeal what they had enacted. The repealing clause came before the Lords in July and the House rejected the measure by a large majority.
The free speech clause is supported across the political spectrum. Liberty, the Church of England, Matthew Parris and Rowan Atkinson have also joined the ranks of those who back it. It says: “For the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices or the urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.”
Some might say it is so moderate that it merely states the obvious and is therefore unnecessary. But those who say that are closing their eyes to what is happening. Police officers, pressurised by diversity training and furnished with guidance from the Home Office and the Crown Prosecution Service, seem to feel duty bound to come down like a ton of bricks on people who express disagreement with the behaviour of some gay rights activists, and members of the public are left feeling harassed and frightened. The recent case of the Christian grandmother interrogated in her living room about a letter she wrote to her local council is just the latest example. The politically motivated trampling of free speech is something that should concern us all. It is the duty of Parliament to try to prevent this from continuing to happen.
David Taylor, MP
For the avoidance of doubt, the discussion or criticism of sexual conduct or practices or the urging of persons to refrain from or modify such conduct or practices shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred.
WTF? I won't be allowed to discuss sexual conduct without it being used as evidence against me?
Firstly, I am amazed that this argument still rages. I am trying to work out exactly who it is designed to protect (that is the role of Parliament, right?). My shortlist so far consists of Poofs and Muslims.
You now have the right to do whatever you wish. Whilst you only represent 10% of the adult population, you have ensured quotas, the same rights as anyone else (except if we have sex in Bristol toilets, we will be arrested, you won't), a voice, and a legal status on a par with marriage and public funding from us, the majority, for your "actions". You have legal protection under law higher than say, people with ginger hair or the Welsh. I maintain the RIGHT to call Iain Dale a fat poof and he maintains the right to be offended. What he doesn't have is the right NOT to be offended. Neither do I. None of us do. So shut the fuck up now.
You have the right to worship whatever you wish. Whilst you only represent 4% of the adult population, you have ensured quotas, MORE rights than anyone else , a voice, a mock Parliament, a mock Council of Great Britain, the right to be represented everywhere and public funding from us, the majority, for your "beliefs". You have legal protection under law higher than say, people with ginger hair or the Welsh. I maintain the RIGHT to call Islamists demented fucktards and you maintain the right to be offended. What you do not have is the right NOT to be offended and threaten me if I disagree with you. Neither do I. None of us do. So shut the fuck up now.
Poofs and Muslims. Both unable to seamlessly integrate, unlike Sikhs, Jews, Chinese, BDSM, wife swappers and Fetishists. Both demanding more and more, until each inch represents a mile and we, the majority of more than 90% are held to fucking ransom and have to give up OUR freedoms so that you can have more than us. Want you really want is to force us to like what you like, think like you think and do as you do.
You have your equal rights. Don't you fucking DARE try to take away mine.
Stands back and waits for Fatwahs/handbag slaps