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Monday, November 13, 2006

Freedom of Speech

Sir Elton John has voiced his opinions. "I think religion has always tried to turn hatred towards gay people. Religion promotes the hatred and spite against gays. But there are so many Christian people I know who are gay and love their religion ..." Last week Nick Griffin, the leader of the British National Party, was cleared of inciting hatred with such words, amongst others, as Islam being a "wicked, vicious faith" and said Muslims were turning Britain into a "multi-racial hell hole".

It's interesting that Sir Elton's views are not deemed inflammatory but Griffin's are. My view is that both are entitled to express their opinions. I disagree with Elton John but feel he said it in a non-belligerent way. I've always been a keen fan of his from the earliest days. We all know where he stands. The Church does not "promote the hatred and spite against gays". Quite the opposite, in fact. Whether there are some who profess a belief in Christianity and attack homosexuals by hating them or being spiteful does not imply that "organised religion" believes it. The Church has a doctrine on the sacrament of matrimony and this is well known. It is based on love and discipline (Latin disciplina ‘instruction, knowledge’).
Griffin, on the other hand, I believe does intend to inflame. However, the best way to deal with his rhetoric is either to tackle it head-on through debate or to ignore it. Taking the legal route, which the CPS lackies have done, only gives Griffin cause to celebrate (this time as the victor of free speech).

The trouble is that under this regime of Blairite Correctness, the very issues that the BNP feed on are seen as not important to a rabble of former communists/bomb-banners/socialists who are now on the capitalist bandwagon of greed! Instead of discussing these issues they sound pious, say how odious they think the BNP is, and then talk about something else.

Free speech is definitely being eroded or at least muzzled. Anyone wanting to stop the BNP should discuss the issues and get out to vote instead of standing on street corners looking like morons!


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