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Free speech still alive in the UK(just)

Just a shame that the case was brought in the first place.
Christian hoteliers accused of insulting a Muslim guest for wearing the hijab and berating her for her beliefs were dramatically cleared this afternoon.
Benjamin and Sharon Vogelenzang denied using threatening, abusive or insulting words which were religiously aggravated against white British Muslim convert Ericka Tazi, 60.
District Judge Richard Clancy, who heard the case in the absence of a jury, told the couple that religion and politics was the 'tinderbox which set the whole thing alight and it would appear because of strongly entrenched positions that is what has happened here'.
A total waste of time on the part of the courts and everyone involved, quite simply no one has the right not to be offended and religious differences are just one of them areas where people disagree.

In July they were arrested and charged under Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 and Section 31 (1) (c) and (5) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Neil Addison, a prominent criminal barrister and expert in religious law, said: ‘The purpose of the Public Order Act is to prevent disorder, but I’m very concerned that the police are using it merely because someone is offended.

‘It should be used where there is violence, yobbish behaviour or gratuitous personal abuse. It should never be used where there has been a personal conversation or debate with views firmly expressed.

‘If someone is in a discussion and they don’t like what they are hearing, they can walk away.’

He added that the police had a legal duty under the Human Rights Act to defend free speech ‘and I think they are forgetting that’.

Indeed and as I said before, the so called Prophet was a pedophile who had sex with a nine year old girl, a warlord who enslaved and killed any who got in his way.

5 people have spoken:

Anonymous said...

No doubt their DNA was taken as they were arrested.

Bet is wasn't destroyed afterwards though.

Pavlov's Cat said...

You forgot to mention that he was text book case of the deterioration of a paranoid schizophrenic over time, if you read the Koran

If anyone today came out with the bollocks he did and said God told him to say it, they’d be sectioned (although the same does to many of the Christian Saints, Joan D’Arc etc.)

Fidothedog said...

Ah yes, mind I have a low opinion of all forms of God bothering. They sould just be free to slag off each others fictional sky pixies without the law getting involved.

banned said...

The real piss take was that the offendee woman was a fucking Convert !
Had her case succeeded it would have illegalised almost all conversations about religion between those of different faiths, or none.

Ron Russell said...

This yank likes your British blogs, really don't like the term yank however being a dyed-in-the-wool die-hard southerner from the deep, deep south. I have noticed that your government has tried to stem free speech and thats ashame. Glad to see some still possess common sense, its beginning to be a rare commodity. I noticed you had linked to one of my main blogs Obama Cartoons, I just returned the link. For some reason my blogroll widget is giving me problems so your spot on my side bar is listed alone---that's actually better. Its belong the logo for Crusader Rabbit. I also linked to you on TOTUS http://totus-blog.blogspot.com my rant blog. Had to do the same their as the blogspot widget for blogrolls is not functioning, you are again below Crusader Rabbit, which is really a great site also. Again thanks for linking to Obama Cartoons. Thats a fun site for me although I don't promote it much. Can't stand our current president and will be glad when his muslim loving ass is gone.