How refreshing to read of a case where a Judge has thrown out a charge against someone who has been accused of hate speech when all he was doing was expressing a personal opinion and engaging in free speech.
Harry Miller, a former police officer, took legal action after police recorded alleged transphobic tweets as a hate incident. He was told he had not committed a crime, but it would be recorded as a non-crime “hate incident”.
The Judge ruled that we don’t live in a Gestapo ruled state and that “I find the combination of the police visiting the claimant’s place of work, and their subsequent statements in relation to the possibility of prosecution, were a disproportionate interference with the claimant’s right to freedom of expression because of their potential chilling effect.”
The police are always saying that they don’t have time and resources to do their job, and then they waste time and resources on this sort of thing. Let’s hope and pray that this will prove a tipping point. We cannot accept a society where it becomes a crime or even a police matter simply to express your opinion on something.
I am wondering how long it will be before someone who attends church and hears me preach the gospel will then report me to the police for a hate crime because I described them as a sinner – as are we all!
As a follow-up, there was a shocking interview with Mr Miller by Evan Davies on BBC’s PM programme last evening when, clearly exhibiting the BBC’s woke credentials, the Journalist accused Mr Miller of all the things he had just been cleared of, including ridiculing people and hating trans people. I for one am sick of the BBC – the Baal Broadcasting Society as they are known in our house -ridiculing Christians as they do all the time.
I also noticed this morning that the BBC have taken this story off the front page of their news website, despite there being older posts there, so it’s clearly not a story they want to be broadcast too widely.