A Correction : LGBT activists did not introduce the concept of hate speech.

 

Testifyingtotruth  would  like  to thank  a  young LGBT activist for pointing out an error  in a recent post :

“Atheism is internally incoherent, Homosexuality is illogical, same sex marriage stupid and the great value of free speech to say so” which was posted on  August 27th.

 

The  error  is that  LGBT activists  did  not  introduce  the concept  of hate  speech  laws  but rather simply  and,  reasonably  from the perspective  of  their  struggle used  changes  in the laws  which integrated  sexual  orientation.  The  concept  of  hate  speech  existed  in a number  of  jurisdictions  with respect to race and  religion, sexual orientation was  a subsequent addition.

 

see :  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech

 

 

The  following  is  an email from this young  activist  who  quite correctly  pointed  out  the  error.

 

“Further in order to stifle criticism and intellectual critique the LGBT activists introduced into law the concept of hate speech knowing that restriction of speech automatically restricts assess to truth.

No. LGBT activists didn’t create the concept of hate speech laws. They’ve existed long before you were aware of them.
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hate_speech_laws_in_the_United_Kingdom

“In England, Wales, and Scotland, the Public Order Act 1986 prohibits, by its Part 3, expressions of racial hatred, which is defined as hatred against a group of persons by reason of the group’s colour, race, nationality (including citizenship) or ethnic or national origins. Section 18 of the Act says:
A person who uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, is guilty of an offence if—
(a) he intends thereby to stir up racial hatred, or
(b) having regard to all the circumstances racial hatred is likely to be stirred up thereby.
Offences under Part 3 carry a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment or a fine or both.

The Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006 amended the Public Order Act 1986 by adding Part 3A. That Part says, “A person who uses threatening words or behaviour, or displays any written material which is threatening, is guilty of an offence if he intends thereby to stir up religious hatred.” The Part protects freedom of expression by stating in Section 29J:
Nothing in this Part shall be read or given effect in a way which prohibits or restricts discussion, criticism or expressions of antipathy, dislike, ridicule, insult or abuse of particular religions or the beliefs or practices of their adherents, or of any other belief system or the beliefs or practices of its adherents, or proselytising or urging adherents of a different religion or belief system to cease practising their religion or belief system.

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