I’m sure most of you will know that I have a significant dislike of the offence argument being used to stop people putting forward their view, as I have written previously.
As Simon Calvert says, “we no more enjoy a right not to be offended than we enjoy a right to watch England win a penalty shootout.”
There have been some pretty egregious uses of the law to silence people. The legislation says “A person is guilty of an offence if he (a) uses towards another person threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or (b) distributes or displays to another person any writing, sign or other visible representation which is threatening, abusive or insulting“.
It’s essentially a charter for people to censor views they don’t like.
There is a campaign to change the silly legislation that says “insulting” words are illegal called Feel Free To Insult Me.
Everyone from the National Secular Society (hooray) to the Christian Institute (boo) are behind it.
Here’s a little speech from Rowan Atkinson where he states the case very clearly.