Thursday, October 04, 2007

Gags Gagged

Incitement to religious hatred will today become a criminal offence in England and Wales with the commencement of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act. Remember Rowan Atkinson saying it wouldn’t allow him to be funny ? Remember Lenry Henry asking if it would allow him to start being funny? As ever everyone had a moan and we all felt better then it quietly becomes law anyway . As of now you cannot hate the hateful and you must respect the absurd and infantile
(Existing offences in the Public Order 1986 Act legislate against inciting racial hatred. Jews and Sikhs have been deemed by the courts to be racial groups and are protected under this legislation, but other groups such as Muslims and Christians are considered to be religious rather than racial groups and have therefore not previously received any protection under the law.)

One point of Interest
“29A: Meaning of “religious hatred”
In this Part “religious hatred” means hatred against a group of persons defined by reference to religious belief or lack of religious belief.
So atheists and agnostics are also protected.

But More Importantly – Who Can We Offend ?

Women in Burka – Does my bomb look big in this ?
Two Palestinians sitting in a cafe.
One pulls out his wallet and sighs: ‘this is a picture of my son abdullah. He was a martyr at 17.’The other man pulls out his wallet and sighs also: ‘this is a picture of my son jamal. He was a martyr at 15.’Wiping a tear from his eye, the first man says: ‘Kids…
They blow up so quickly these days’

Why do men prefer Muslim sex dolls ...they blow themsleves up( get in there !!!)

At the risk of opening a can of Fatwa, anymore ?


Stan!! said...

The idea that any kind of free society can be constructed in which people will never be offended or insulted, or in which they have the right to call on the law to defend them against being offended or insulted, is absurd. And so very New Labouresque.

Ed said...

It's one thing to legislate against incitement to DOING something bad, it's quite another to ban SAYING something.

This law would be unconstitutional in the US. Is America the only free country left?

Steven_L said...

Racial and Religious Hatred Act Section 29J:

"Protection of freedom of expression

Nothing in this Part shall be read or given effect in a way which prohibits or restricts discussion, criticism or expressions of antipathy, dislike, ridicule, insult or abuse of particular religions or the beliefs or practices of their adherents, or of any other belief system or the beliefs or practices of its adherents, or proselytising or urging adherents of a different religion or belief system to cease practising their religion or belief system."

It's one of the silliest laws they've ever made, and that's saying something.

The men in pin-stripe suits will have a ball arguing over the line between stiring up hatred and "dislike, ridicule, insult or abuse".

This is the sort of crap that happens when you let a room full of ex-barristers make laws.

Newmania said...

Its odd to see that you agree with me ...not a whisper really in the Press ( well the odd bit)

This seesm to be an appalling law framed ona false assumption from the start

Ed said...

This is the sort of crap that happens when you let a room full of ex-barristers make laws.

You would hope that lawyers would know the pitfalls of equivocal laws and try and make them clear. The problem is that the politicians don't even get the draft the legislation they get Parliament's lawyers to do it!!

Stan!! said...

Before you know it, they'll be legislating against fetish wear. And then where will we be?

Stan!! said...

When the Government proposed this law it said it was protecting the believer, not the belief. But that’s a distinction that defence teams will endeavour to exploit. Note also that this new offence of "religious hatred" can be committed by broadcasting, writing in a blog or on a website, recording sounds which are "threatening", or in the performance of a play if there is an intent to stir up religious hatred. Oh yes...writing in a blog. They made sure not to forget about us. How very thorough.

Anonymous said...

This gag should be all over the internet:

From YouTube

The TRUTH about Gordon Brown

Auntie Flo'

CityUnslicker said...

have you told the hitch?

anyway, we blogger people can write what we like. site hosted in the US and posted anonymously; the law can can pack its tent and go bother someone else.

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