Big Boris: Doublespeaking on the London buses

Jul 31, 2014 by

By Andrea Minichiello Williams, Christian Concern: In another spectacular display of the establishment capitulating to the politically correct we see Mrs Justice Lang expressly refusing to let Core Issues Trust win. It’s a bad judgment and a bad day for free speech. After all no-one seems to want to hear the other side. The establishment spin is that these ads were ‘anti-gay’. They were not. They were a like-for-like response to an aggressive ad campaign by gay pressure group Stonewall, which...

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The Anti-Catholic crackdown at UCLU

Jul 25, 2014 by

By Peter D Williams, Spiked Online: How students’ union zealots are stifling controversial ethical debates. Vibrant intellectual exchange forms part of the joy of being human. Unfortunately, rigorous, intelligent debate that is receptive to controversy and disagreement is in increasingly short supply. Perversely, this is especially true on university campuses. That is, in a space in which debate should be most encouraged, limitations on controversial speech are becoming more common. In...

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Without freedom of religion and belief, what freedom is there?

Jul 25, 2014 by

From Cranmer: Lord Alton of Liverpool initiated a debate in the House of Lords on 24th July concerning international compliance with Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights concerning freedom of belief. Here is his opening address: My Lords, I begin by thanking all noble Lords who will participate in this balloted debate, which draws attention to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Right. Article 18 states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience...

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Censorship is being outsouced to the mob

Jul 4, 2014 by

by Brendan O’Neill, Spiked: Two recent cases Down Under show how dangerous Twittermobs can be. One of the curious things about the twenty-first-century West is that it feels deeply censorious even though, historically speaking, there isn’t a huge amount of state censorship. Yes, many Western societies have anti-‘hate speech’ laws, debate-choking defamation statutes, and a host of methods for regulating the raucous press, all of which limit how daring or just downright offensive we can...

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Christian Legal Centre in High Court

Jun 30, 2014 by

Today, we are in the High Court to seek justice over Boris Johnson’s decision to censor Core Issues Trust’s adverts (“Not Gay, Ex Gay, Post Gay and Proud. Get over it!”) and allow Stonewall’s (“Some people are gay. Get over it!”) to run.This is an issue about freedom of speech; about the suppression of a viewpoint by the political class. What makes it more poignant and important is that Mrs Justice Lang at the first hearing stated that both adverts should not run...

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Christian ‘take’ on turmoil at Index on Censorship

Jun 23, 2014 by

by Julian Mann, Cranmer’s Curate: The true God is the most effective opponent of dictators there is. That is the main reason why it matters that there is turmoil at freedom of speech group Index on Censorship over the appointment of Hacked Off campaigner Steve Coogan as one of its patrons. It would appear from Richard Pendlebury’s investigation in Friday’s Daily Mail into the circumstances of Mr Coogan’s appointment, leading to the resignation of Private Eye editor Ian Hislop as a...

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