Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Authoritarian f*****wittage of the day

The Religious Hatred Bill which even Polly Toynbee thinks is a bad thing.

We're strongly in favour of free speech/expression here on Forceful and Moderate. If you aren't, you still have cause to worry. Labour are determined to reassure you that you have afraid of - these laws will be applied sensibly and carefully and not to, say, Rowan Atkinson...

...just like the counter-terrorism laws. As every hard-working family knows, petition-signing endangers the great British public - 100 people choke to death on ballpoint pens each year!

I despair of this government and their poorly worded, illiberal and arbitrarily applied legislation. Honestly... if I didn't laugh I'd cry...


  • At 8:16 pm , Blogger Angus J Huck said...

    Polly Toynbee certainly would think it is a bad thing. She is a militant atheist.

  • At 11:05 pm , Blogger Chris Black said...

    The governemnt lost.

  • At 6:46 am , Blogger Femme de Resistance said...

    Polly Toynbee certainly would think it is a bad thing. She is a militant atheist.

    Not necessarily. The argument for is that:

    PROBLEM: racists are using 'Muslim' as proxy for 'of-Arab-descent' to get around incitement to racial violence legislation. Race relations, etc. have been affected after 9/11 and 7/7 by people insulting Muslims.

    SOLUTION: to ban anyone from insulting religions.

    I don't see why Polly wouldn't be for that, unless I'm making an unfair stereotype about all Guardian journalists.

    I agree there is a problem. I don't agree with the solution.

  • At 6:20 pm , Blogger Wallyxab said...

    Polly Toynbee's atheism far outweighs her views on other socio-political matters. See her recent-ish article on how Narnia is an advert for the 'worst sort of muscular christianity' (paraphrased slightly). Don't think she ever

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