Is ‘Hate Speech’ Dangerous?

Oct 20, 2019 by

by H K Rivera, The American Thinker: As a concept, freedom of speech arguably dates back to Socrates. He said to his prosecutors, “If you offered to let me off this time on condition I am not any longer to speak my mind… I should say to you, ‘Men of Athens, I shall obey the Gods rather than you.'” While Plato was busy writing dialogues and showing us that Socrates was advocating for free speech more than 2000 years ago, freedom of speech as a legal right did not...

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The myth of rising hate crime

Oct 19, 2019 by

by Fraser Myers, spiked: Hate crimes have ‘doubled’ in the past six years, if you believe headlines in the Guardian, the Telegraph and the Daily Mail. The BBC reports a less dramatic but still shocking 10 per cent rise in hate crime compared to last year, from 94,121 to 103,379 offences in England and Wales. Every year, the press presents terrifying figures illustrating an apparent explosion in hate crime. But there is no evidence that hate crime is on the rise. Every year, the same, small...

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Now trans and gay hate crime will mean SIX months in jail

Oct 17, 2019 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: Judges have been ordered to hand out tough jail terms in a crackdown on transgender and homophobic hate crimes. Offenders found guilty of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexuality should get at least six months in prison, new sentencing guidelines state. And there should be a six-year jail sentence for those convicted of the worst cases of intolerance against gay or transgender people. The instructions, released yesterday by the judge-led Sentencing Council –...

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Police response to ‘transphobic’ stickers branded ‘extraordinary’

Oct 17, 2019 by

by Victoria Ward, Telegraph: A police force has been accused of “incredible irresponsibility” for treating the display of transphobic stickers around Oxford as a “serious crime”. Some of the stickers, which have been dotted around the city centre, state: “Woman: noun. Adult human female” and “Women don’t have penises”. Thames Valley Police has announced that those responsible could be charged with a public order offence and has appealed for witnesses. It said: “Officers are investigating a...

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The hate crime noose is tightening. Speak up or suffocate!

Sep 22, 2019 by

by Andrew Tettenborn, Rebel Priest: It’s not often that Tony Blair agrees with the likes of Priti Patel. When this happens there is likely to be dirty business about, especially for anyone interested in freedom from government interference. Last month’s report from the grandly-named Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, entitled New Policy Responses to Stop Hate Crime, was no exception. Its suggestions for further restrictions on what we can say about people’s religion are bad enough....

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Finland: Christian MP Under Police Hate Crime Investigation After Posting Bible Verse

Sep 7, 2019 by

by Paul Joseph Watson, Summit News: A Christian MP in Finland is under a police hate crime investigation after she posted an image of Bible verses and questioned why the country’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was supporting LGBT pride events. Päivi Räsänen, an MP for the Christian Democrats and Finland’s former Interior Minister, criticized the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ECLF) on Facebook over its participation in Helsinki’s gay pride week. “How does the foundation of the church’s...

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