I hardly thought, when I wrote one of my rare political posts a couple of hours ago, on the attacks on Christians by gay groups, that I would feel obliged to write another this evening. But so I must. For another attempt at politically-motivated censorship has been put into effect this evening.
From the BBC I learn that two men have been charged with the crime of inciting ‘homophobia’ (the latter term invented by gay pressure groups). Reading between the lines, as one has to do in unfree nations with media censorship, their offence was to express an opinion that homosexuality in wrong in leaflets handed out outside a mosque. Unusually the men are Moslems.
The law, passed only in March 2010, is an evil piece of work. Even those determined to do wrong are ashamed to say honestly what they intend, and so the act is weasel-worded. The charge is ”inciting hatred” — because who could be in favour of “hate”? — but of course the real offence, the real action criminalised, is to express opposition to homosexuality. That makes the issue one of censorship. For there is no suggesting that they were “inciting violence“; they were merely leafleting in favour of an opinion.
The BBC report is here:
It is the first such prosecution since laws outlawing homophobia came into force in March 2010.
Razwan Javed, 30, and Kabir Ahmed, 27, will appear before magistrates on Friday.
The charges relate to a leaflet, The Death Penalty?, which was distributed outside the Jamia Mosque in Derby in July last year.
The leaflets were also posted through letterboxes in the city.
Mr Javed and Mr Ahmed have both been charged with distributing threatening written material intending to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Note how full of weasel-words the charge is. I wish I had a copy of the leaflet.
Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Sue Hemming said: “This is the first ever prosecution for this offence and it is the result of close working between the Crown Prosecution Service and Derbyshire Police.
“Following complaints from the public, Derbyshire Police mounted a thorough investigation.
“We have carefully reviewed the evidence provided by the police and are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to charge these men.”
It sounds to me rather like a show-trial, designed to create law and intimidate others.
The language used suggests to me that the police and CPS think that this is dubiously legal, and that the act of Parliament is unconstitutional and probably contrary to European “Human Rights” law. For Moslems, notoriously, themselves have all sorts of rights denied to the rest of us. It would be interested to learn who precisely authorised this action, who was asked, who decided, and so forth. But, in Britain today, it is useless to ask such questions.
I wonder how many Moslems at that mosque come from oppressive regimes where you aren’t allowed to express an opinion? They must feel right at home.
Some readers may not be familiar with the concept of “lawfare”, the acquiring of power by means of abuse of the legal system, backed by corrupt laws designed to facilitate such abuse. It has been documented by Ezra Levant, himself a victim. If you are not, please familiarise yourself with it. It is, sadly, a common tactic in our day. Both this and the action against the Christians seem to be examples.
Now begins an interesting discussion. In politically correct poker, being Moslem gives you points; but so does being gay. The long-mooted question of which gives you more points will now be decided.
It will also be interesting to see if Moslem groups decide to override this nasty process by an appeal to arms.