Tuesday, 20 May 2008

The banned C word

Yes, 'cult'. This is the word that has led to a fifteen-year-old boy being taken to court, after participating in a protest against the Church of Scientology, outside the organisation's headquarters in the City of London. During the protest, the unnamed malefactor held a placard which read "Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult". A police officer immediately informed him that the word 'cult' was prohibited, and he was subsequently told that his sign violated section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, and was "strongly advised" to remove the offending placard. When the teenager refused to do so, he was handed a court summons, and the sign was confiscated. According to the City of London Police (whose officers, incidentally, have something of a track record of taking bribes gifts from the Scientologists), the matter will now be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

It seems that we can barely go a week in this country without hearing of the police taking action against some perfectly harmless person, for engaging in perfectly innocuous behaviour, on the grounds of that behaviour's real or (more often) imagined offensiveness to members of some minority group. A Down's Syndrome sufferer is subjected to a seven month investigation for having a playground spat with an Asian girl; a man is arrested for singing "I'd rather wear a turban"; an Oxford undergraduate is prosecuted for questioning the sexuality of a police horse. These are just a handful drawn from the growing litany of such absurd cases. What we are witnessing is nothing less than the eradication of our freedoms, in the name of non-offensiveness.


Homophobic Horse said...

Great post as always FR. Reading your delightful rhetoric is as refreshing as getting a soapy rub down from Nigella Lawson. You brighten up my miserable days.

Meanwhile, here's that infamous video of Tom Cruise trying to create "new and better realities".

Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...
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Mild Colonial Boy, Esq. said...

Samuel Francis (from http://www.vdare.com/francis/patriot_act.htm)
"... are almost a definition of the system of government I have called "anarcho-tyranny": a combination of anarchy (in which legitimate government functions—like spying on the bad guys or punishing real criminals—are not performed) and tyranny (in which government performs illegitimate functions—like spying on the good guys or criminalizing innocent conduct like gun ownership and political dissent).

The result of anarcho-tyranny is that government swells in power, criminals are not controlled, and law-abiding citizens wind up being repressed by the state and attacked by thugs."

Anonymous said...

I cannot understand the City Police action. They are hardly partial after the publicity around some of their senior officer and their 'enjoyment' of the scientologist's 'hospitality' - there's something very unhealthy about all of that PLUS the kid is 15! Juvenile repeat robbers get less police attention than this child.

JuliaM said...

Thank god he didn't wantonly dispose of an apple core as well! Who knows what that would have provoked...?

Fulham Reactionary said...

Homophobic Horse:

Thanks for your comments. I've never been compared to Nigella Lawson before, but I'll take it as a compliment.