"He who dares not offend cannot be honest"
"The real axis of evil is Christianity, Judaism, and Islam" Christopher Hitchins
"On March25th, the Human Rights Council,a Geneva-based UN agenda" voted by 20 votes to 17, with eight abstentions, for a text that lists the "defamation of religion" as an infringement of liberty."
Remind me, is this the twenty-first century or the tenth? Its hard to believe but in "civilized" countries today you may now be jailed for having an opinion about the nature of religion, reality, historical events or indeed any of the amazing milleniums-old stuff that still rattles around in people's minds today. You're safe, however, if you believe six impossible things before breakfast" and act on them.
Under the guise of "hate crime" laws the scourge of Blasphemy is returning and freedom of speech is literally dying. Since when does "tolerance" mean loss of free speech, instead of its embrace?
Aside from the growing list of hate crime legislation in the United states and the erection and protection of "protected classes" of people -which, by definition, discriminates against all the unprotected classes - the real threat to freedom of speech and debate today is coming from fascist Euro-land and their un-elected bureaucrats" a kind of hate crime against democracy in itself.
Here, from the OSCE.org papers - The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe - is their thinking on the issue of "What is a hate crime."
"Hate crimes are criminal acts committed with a bias motive. It is this motive that makes hate crimes different from other crimes. A hate crime is not one particular offence. It could be an act of intimidation, threats, property damage, assault, murder or any other criminal offence. The term "hate crime" or "bias crime", therefore, describes a type of crime, rather than a specific offence within a penal code. A person may commit a hate crime in a country where there is no specific criminal sanction on account of bias or prejudice. The term describes a concept, rather than a legal definition."
"Hate crimes always comprise two elements: a criminal offence committed with a bias motive. The first element of a hate crime is that an act is committed that constitutes an offence under ordinary criminal law. This criminal act is referred to in this guide as the "base offence". Because there are small variations in legal provisions from country to country, there are some divergences in the kind of conduct that amounts to a crime; but in general most countries criminalize the same type of violent acts. Hate crimes always require a base offence to have occurred. If there is no base offence, there is no hate crime."
"The second element of a hate crime is that the criminal act is committed with a particular motive, referred to in this guide as "bias". It is this element of bias motive that differentiates hate crimes from ordinary crimes. This means that the perpetrator intentionally chose the target of the crime because of some protected characteristic."
"The target may be one or more people, or it may be property associated with a group that shares a particular characteristic. A protected characteristic is a characteristic shared by a group, such as "race", language, religion, ethnicity, nationality, or any other similar common factor. Which characteristics should be included in a hate crime law is a complex issue that must be resolved by taking into account each State's own history and circumstances. This question is one of the most significant policy decisions for legislators."
OSCE.ORG - The Organization for Security
and Co-operation in Europe
In effect, these laws attempt to prevent "bias" which is to say any contrary opinion, and it is like putting your thumb in the dike. They also effectively prevent debate about religion itself, and religions in particular. These thought crime laws may even prevent discussion of economic and banking policy issues if, for example, you criticize an international central banking establishment i.e. one that is historically largely controlled by Jewish banking families. In this way, mere criticism of Zionist beliefs and policies also may become criminal and set up those who express such opinions for untold retribution.
In short, with "hate crime" laws we are being robbed of our right to debate, to criticize, or even analyze reality. In the process, we are being falsely accused of "bias." whatever that vague and unconstitutional term implies? Worse, you can be arrested in Britain for something you said in the United States, and so have your freedom to travel suspended.
What we have in "hate crime" legislation is simply the re-emergence of Blasphemy i.e., the original crushing of free speech and criticism of the Catholic Church a "mafia of the soul" organization which, until Gutenberg, kept people from reading their own bible by preventing a publishing of the text in the vernacular.