[PLUG-TALK] Squelched speech...

David Fierbaugh da6d.fierbaugh at gmail.com
Fri Jan 2 20:54:47 PST 2009


And your point is what?
People have hidden hate behind the guise of religion forever. You'd think
people would learn that eventually people get tired of putting up with it.

On Fri, Jan 2, 2009 at 8:33 PM, Someone <plug_1 at robinson-west.com> wrote:

> Philadelphia, 2004: Five members of the Christian group Repent America
> are arrested and charged with hate crimes for preaching the gospel at a
> gay "outfest" event. Charges were dropped only after lawmakers
> threatened to change the wording of the hate crimes law specifically to
> exclude speech (Family Research Council, Culture Facts, Jan. 2005).
>
> Saskatchewan, 2000: A complaint was filed in Canada regarding an
> advertisement run in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix that displayed Bible
> verses against homosexuality. The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
> recommended that the individuals who purchased the ad pay $2,000 in
> damages to each of the three complainants and that the defendants share
> the $4,500 cost for the government's expert witnesses. The ruling was
> upheld by a Canadian court (Free Republic Online, Sep. 2003).
>
> England, 2001: A broadcaster in the United Kingdom known as the "God
> Channel" was fined 20,000 pounds stirling (about $36,000) for an ad that
> described homosexuality as an abomination. The Communications Commission
> ruled that the ad violated several provisions of the advertising code
> and fined the broadcaster (National Liberty Council, NLJ Online, Dec.
> 2000/Jan. 2001).
>
> Sweden, 2003: Pastor Aake Green, a Pentecostal minister in Oeland,
> Sweden, was convicted in 2003 under Sweden's hate-crimes laws and was
> sent to jail for thirty days for calling homosexuality "a deep cancer
> tumor on all of society" during a sermon (Family Research Council,
> Culture Facts, Mar. 2005).
>
> Netherlands, 2000: A complaint was filed in a Dutch court against Pope
> John Paul II for his statement that "homosexual acts are contrary to the
> laws of nature." The complaint was dropped when the court ruled that the
> Pope's status as a leader of the Catholic Church and the Vatican state
> afforded him immunity from prosecution (National Liberty Council, NLJ
> Online, Dec. 2000/Jan. 2001).
>
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