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UK Government to asses amending Section 5 Public Order Act (to remove the word "insulting")

Discussion in 'Freedom of Expression' started by Sponge, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. Sponge Member

    Government to assess amending ‘insult’ law
    The Christian Institute 20th July 2011
    http://www.christian.org.uk/news/government-to-assess-amending-‘insult’-law/
    Publication from the Christian Institute entitled: "Free speech"
    http://www.christian.org.uk/wp-content/downloads/freespeech_June11.pdf

    Previous articles rom the Christian Institute:
    Secularist campaigner backs free speech amendment (27 May 2011)
    Cross-party support for free speech amendment (20 May 2011)
    Amend Section 5 to protect freedom of speech, MPs say (02 March 2011)

    And, previously discussed in one of the Epic Nose Guy media threads:
    http://forums.whyweprotest.net/thre...ed-in-newsmedia-civil-liberty-arguments.64659
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  2. Sponge Member

    Govt consultation on public order law closes next week
    The Christian Institute 6th Jan 2012
    http://www.christian.org.uk/news/govt-consultation-on-public-order-law-closes-next-week/
  3. Dragononymous Member

    Aka your country has gone insane, Again.
  4. DeathHamster Member

    Name a completely sane country.

    Insane countries are like unhappy families. Every insane country is insane in its own way.
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  6. Sponge Member

    wat?
    Please tell me how a consultation, to have an insane law reworded to fix it so it is not so insane, somehow means: "Aka your country has gone insane, again". Looks like a good thing to me.
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  7. Dragononymous Member

    It it, but isn't it insane that this has to be done in the first place?
  8. Sponge Member

    I certainly wouldn't argue with that but it wasn't the tense you used, which was "gone insane, again".
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  9. Anonymous Member

    Anonymous (or epic nose guy) saved the queen (or Britain).
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  10. CarterUSP Member

    If using words likely to cause "distress" is an offence then I am personally distressed every time a scientologist mentions L Ron Hubbard - arrest them!
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  11. naveman Member

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  12. Sponge Member

    News Bulletin 6 January 2012 -- The Christian Institute

    Shows two scientology protest examples in the video @2:34 (the Epic Nose Guy "Cult" incident and the other one with the "Brainwashing and "Evil")
  13. TinyDancer Member

    This thread is incomplete.

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    Ah. That's better.
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  14. The Classic "Im a Twat" argument would be "ya but shakespere created most swearwords!" However not too jump on the band wagon of the pompus idiots who state this, I do agree with re-writting this law as long as it is clear to an officer/cop that the person who is using explicit language is doing it in the correct context and enviroment.
  15. Sponge Member

    Pink News
    Comment: Repeal the Public Order Act’s sweeping Section 5
    by Peter Tatchell 17th Jan 2012
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2012/01/17/comment-repeal-the-public-order-acts-sweeping-section-5/
    I love that gay horse one.
    He actually said, to a mounted (ooerr) policeman: "Excuse me, sir, do you realise your horse is gay?".
    Props to the guy for refusing the £80 ticket and taking it to court. Well, it didn't actually go to court to be truly tested because, like the Epic Nose Guy "CULT" incident, the Crown Prosecution Service dropped it.
    The sad thing is that a lot of people will somtimes be afraid to challenge it for various reasons and just pay the fine. If enough pay the fine then the police will keep on charging.
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  16. Sponge Member

    It shouldn't be a crime to insult someone
    Section five of the Public Order Act has a corrosive effect on free speech – it's time to roll back the culture of offence
    The Guardian 18th Jan 2012
    by Mike Harris of Index on Censorship
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/libertycentral/2012/jan/18/crime-insult-public-order-act
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  17. Anonymous Member

    Nope.
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  18. Again?

    Like the first time ever ended?
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  19. Sponge Member

    NSS challenges the law: an insult should not be a criminal offence
    National Secular Society 20th Jan 2011
    http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2...w--an-insult-should-not-be-a-criminal-offence
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  20. Anonymous Member

    Epic Nose Guy is still all over the news.

    http://reformsection5.org.uk/#?sl=3
  21. Herro Member

    Shit man, didn't some college kid in the UK just get jail time for making racist tweets about some professional athlete? Y'all are really big on manners over there.

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