The U.K. Guardian has this interesting story how political correctness by gay advocates has decreased free speech for Anglican Bishops — and it only looks to get worse:
Church of England bishops are on a collision course with the government over its plans to amend the incitement to hatred laws, claiming they will stifle what they believe is legitimate criticism of homosexual lifestyles.
“No reasonable person supports the stirring up of hatred of any kind,” said Andrea Williams, director of Christian Concern For Our Nation, which is helping co-ordinate opposition to the plan. “However, in 21st-century Britain we must find a way of being able to live peaceably alongside one another allowing for free and robust debate around every aspect of life, including reasonable criticism and discussion of all forms of sexual behaviour.”
Or, for that matter, the freedom to NOT have to discuss it, as the case may be.
Last year’s Criminal Justice and Immigration Act created the criminal offence of “incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation”. But a group of peers, led by the Tory Lord Waddington, forced the government to accept an amendment stipulating that people should not be taken to court for stating that homosexual sex is wrong or for trying to persuade gay people to remain celibate.
Now a new clause inserted in the Coroners and Justice Bill would see this defence dropped. The majority of the Church of England’s bishops are believed to oppose dropping the defence, although there have been dissenters. “This is about freedom of speech and avoiding unnecessary police investigations.”
The Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, the Right Rev George Cassidy, told parliament last week “that people should be protected from inflammatory and intimidating behaviour towards them on the basis of their sexual orientation”. However, he added: “Our concern is with the potential application of the law to restrict legitimate discussion and expression of opinion about sexual ethics and sexual behaviour.”
Of course, the law would never be mis-applied to persecute Christians, now would it?
Christian groups complain the current laws have already resulted in people being investigated for criticising homosexual lifestyles and claim more will be prosecuted if the amendment becomes law. They point to cases such as that of Kwabena Peat, a north London history teacher, who was dismissed for complaining that a staff away day was used to promote homosexual lifestyles.
Uh-huh. See, this is my whole argument against these laws of ridicuous specificity, like “Hate Crimes” and the like. If you beat someone up, it shouldn’t matter if they were this relicgion or that; or their gener, race, or creed. But since activists judges have so reworked the system in the name of “fairness” so that almost nobody goes to jail anymore, we end up with these ridiculous specificity laws to punish crimes the politically correct find particularly heinous.
Like gay-bashing. And we end up persecuting Bishops of the church for simply preaching their religious beliefs. And nobody sees this as discriminatory to the religious, do they?