Atheist given Asbo for leaflets mocking Jesus
Liverpool Crown Court has just found him guilty of ‘causing religiously aggravated harassment’ and given him a suspended six-month sentence, as well as an ASBO forbidding him from carrying anti-religious leaflets in public.
What on earth is ‘religiously aggravated harassment’? It doesn’t seem as if he mocked or threatened specific individuals for their beliefs.
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.
But it apparently protects the all-important freedom of expression with these words:
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.
What am I missing?
© Chris Lawrence 2010.