Scotland's Old Blasphemy Law Out, New Law Forbids "Blaspheming" Minorities, Transgenders...But Not Women
Print Friendly and PDF

Here's a story from Scotland. The government there, which has a fair degree of autonomy in the U.K., has announced an overhaul of "hate crime" legislation.

Scotland's Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf—there's a fine old Scottish name for you—says there will now be seven-year jail sentences for stirring up hate against the usual protected groups. That will include possession of, quote, "threatening or abusive material" that could lead to hatred being stirred up against one of the favored groups ['Milestone' New Scottish laws on hate crimes against groups will carry up to seven-year jail sentence,  by Chris Musson, The Scottish Sun, April 24, 2020].

So there goes freedom of speech and publication in Scotland. Not that it wasn't mostly gone anyway; it is already a crime to stir up racial hatred, though I feel pretty sure there haven't been any prosecutions for hating on white people. They just want to extend that to all Designated Victim Groups.

In a nice little twist, illustrating yet again that political correctness is a religion for the godless, this new law will abolish the old crime of blasphemy, for which there have been no prosecutions since 1845. Now you can freely curse God and Jesus Christ in Scotland; but don't dare raise your voice against sacralized social groups: blacks, Muslims, the disabled, or sexual eccentrics. (But not women, for some reason.)

Wait … whose voice is that I'm hearing in my head? Why, it's Robbie Burns:

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow!
Let us do, or die!
Print Friendly and PDF