Today is an example of why we need laws, why we need laws to stop incitement, to stop ~ isms, and to uphold the rule of law.
Whilst I appreciate laws limiting criticism can be taken to extreme, I believe it could be amended, but we still need whilst we have the like of Nick Griffin MEP, who today criticised the ruling of the Courts that a gay couple was discriminated against when a B&B refused a gay couple accommodation on the grounds they were not married – and never could be through the eyes of their Christian faith. The law of the United Kingdom said that the couple were discriminated against and the owners of the B&B were ordered to pay the couple £3,200 in damages.
If they got away with discriminating against a gay couple on the grounds of their faith what is to stop them from discriminating on someone of another faith, some of another race, an agnostic – the list is endless. I respect their right to put their argument forward, but our law has said they are running a business and cannot discriminate against who stays, if they do want to invite a Black, Gay Muslim, Lesbian around for Sunday Dinner then that is their decision, and their loss. I accept that people will not agree with the ruling, and they have a right to their opinions, but the law has spoken.
Nick Griffin, MEP, things he has a right for progress his views further. Today he tweeted:
If anyone can us the address of the 2 bullying ‘gay’ activists who’ve woncase v Christian B&B owners we’ll hold a demo
a few hours ago he tweeted
So Messrs Black and Morgan, at [address withheld but in full in the tweet]. A British Justice team will come up to Huntington (sic) & give you a ….
… bit of drama by way of reminding you that an English couple’s home is their castle. Say no to Hetreophobia
To me, and I am not a Lawyer, this seems very threatening, what exactly is a ‘British Justice team … ?’ To me it sounds like a lynch mob, to me and others it was worth reporting to the Police. Two people are now probably being very nervous about every bump, every letter that will arrive, all because someone had ‘free speech’. Griffin is totally reprehensible, he utterly disgusts me as a Englishman, as Libertarian, and as a human being – he utterly repels me. His politics are built on hate and division, and whilst he has a right to express his views he also has a responsibility – none of are totally free.
An American friend of mine told me years ago why he hated America, he told me whilst Americans had freedom of speech it was so free that a Pastor could preach hatred from the Pulpit, could preach incitement, yet in Canada he was accountable for his sermons of hate. We need the law on criticism so we can be responsable for our words, the words we say have an implication, a consequence, we need to be accountable for those words and defend them if we must.
The words of Nick Griffin need to have a consequence, a very serious one for Nick himself – as far as I am concerned Nick is just a thug in a suit.