This story illustrates perfectly the problem at the core of hate speech laws of the type that so many of our Western allies have. I’ve documented many times what goes on in England whenever anyone reports an anti-gay statement made there. Scotland Yard sends out detectives to investigate. Now I give you the other side of the coin:
A CRIMINAL investigation has been started by Scotland Yard into an advertisement from the Gay Police Association (GPA) that blamed religion for a 74 per cent increase in homophobic crime.
The Times has learnt that the inquiry into the advertisement, which was carried in The Independent, was ordered by the unit set up to counter hate crimes such as homophobia.
The advertisement depicted a Bible beside a pool of blood under the heading “In the name of the Father”. It appeared in the newspaper’s diversity supplement to coincide with the Europride event in London.
This is why hate speech codes are so dangerous and must be opposed, and it illustrates exactly why those who favor them as helping some minority group should rethink their position. Giving government the authority to police speech is the last thing that gay rights advocates should favor because that power can easily be turned against them as well. And once we’ve begun to punish “hate speech”, we all become targets. We all oppose some ideology or another, and our own statements of opposition can just as easily be interpreted as actionable in that regard as well.